Arrest after crackdown on migrant transport

Sussex Police - Operation Accent
Sussex Police - Operation Accent

A CLAMPDOWN on dodgy minibuses in Bognor Regis saw a man arrested on Wednesday, April 24.

The joint operation targeting minibuses and other vehicles transporting Eastern European migrants to and from work involved officers from Arun and Chichester’s Operation Accent team, Roads Policing Unit and VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency).

The teams stopped vehicles at two locations in the town following a number of complaints from the local community, farms and nurseries regarding the vehicles and their road worthiness.

In excess of 20 vehicles were stopped and checked over, and red diesel dips were also carried out. Three vehicles were seized - including two minibuses - for having no insurance and tickets were also issued for various offences including no MOT.

One man, a 39-year-old from Arundel, was arrested on suspicion of fraud. He was interviewed and subsequently released on police bail until June 26 pending further enquiries.

PC Louise Clark, from the Operation Accent team, who organised the operation, said: “This multi-agency operation has been a successful approach to disrupting illegal activity on the roads and educating foreign drivers of the standards expected of them.

“Police and VOSA dealt robustly with multiple identified offences. Hopefully this action will encourage drivers to implement safer and more reliable practices.”

Sgt Rachel Glenton heads the Operation Accent community team, which was set up to tackle crime and vulnerability within the Eastern European community. She added: “This is the second time an operation of this nature has been carried out and there will be more to firmly reinforce our message and tackle the drivers and organisers of this transportation where necessary.

“As always, if you feel you have any information that could assist the Operation Accent team then please contact us via email operation.accent@sussex.pnn.police.uk, Facebook (Operacja Akcent) or Twitter @sergeantglenton.”