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TWO ARRESTS AND FOUR NOTICES: Taxi drivers targeted by police with aim to disrupt criminality

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Taxi and private hire drivers in the Sefton area were subjected to police checks and educational talks, which resulted in two arrests for drugs related offences and defect notices issued to four taxi vehicles.

Merseyside Operation Pelican Officers launched Operation Aftermath which aims to educate taxi drivers and disrupt criminality taking place across the area using taxis and the road network.

Operation Aftermath will see Officers deployed in plain clothes and uniform across Sefton carrying out checks on licensed vehicles and educating drivers how to spot signs of exploitation and criminality.

Officers will also clamp down and disrupt those who are using licensed vehicles to transport criminals and drugs.

Yesterday, officers were deployed in South Sefton, during which they dealt with numerous licensed vehicles. As a result they arrested two males in two separate incidents. A 23 year-old male from the Formby area was arrested for Drug Supply Offences after cannabis and a large amount of cash was seized and a 35 year-old male from Bootle was arrested for Drug Drive.

Yesterday’s action also saw taxi defect notices issued to four taxis to keep licensed vehicle standards high, and also educational leaflets and stickers handed to cabbies to place in cabs to educated passengers whilst being taken to their destination.


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