More Than 100 Foreign-Registered Vehicles Stopped Across Cleveland and Durham

Last week saw Operation Trivium take place across England, Scotland and Wales targeting foreign-owned vehicles on our roads.

This was in support of a Europe-wide policing initiative aimed at cracking down on organised crime gangs, especially those involved in modern day slavery.
The work across our area was carried out by the CDSOU (Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit) in partnership with specialist detectives based at Durham Tees Valley Airport and Teesport, the Special Constabulary in both forces and agencies such as HMRC.
Over the five days of the operation a total of 120 foreign-registered trucks, vans and cars were intercepted with 140 foreign nationals spoken to.

The operation ran throughout both force areas with the most obvious checks taking place at Teesport, Durham Tees Valley Airport, on the A1(M) and A19.

Many people would have seen the operation in action as officers from the motorcycle section intercepted the vehicles and pulled them over to the designated checkpoints, where officials scanned vehicles and the dog section searched them. Activity was also visible at the airport where luggage and people were checked, and the HMRC fuel testing unit was used over three days to support the police operation at various locations.

Officers from Cleveland Police’s VEMT department – Vulnerable, Exploited Missing and Trafficked – were also deployed to look for any evidence of modern day slavery cases. 

“On the whole UK company drivers were complimentary about the operation, it must be said that many of the drivers of foreign-registered vehicles also had no issues with being stopped. They were more than willing to interact with police to show their own professionalism and compliance with legislation,” said Chief Insp Graham Milne.

“Nationally, more than 3,500 foreign-registered vehicles were checked and from our perspective, the CDSOU teams have identified areas where we need to strengthen our knowledge and skills to meet the demands of dealing with foreign-registered vehicles on our road networks.”