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Lincolnshire and Humberside Police to target foreign criminal gangs on county’s roads

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Officers from Humberside and Lincolnshire Police have joined a national scheme targeting foreign criminal gangs.

Operation Trivium VII started on Monday, November 21 and involves officers from Romania, Lithuania, Holland and Europol joining UK counterparts to target travelling criminals.

All 43 police forces in England and Wales are taking part in Operation Trivium VII, which is the seventh of its kind and will see officers running checks on people and vehicles using the nation’s roads.

This is done using Europol and National Crime Agency (NCA) agents.

Home Office officials will deal with illegal immigrants, while the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) will target human traffickers.

Joint Specialist Operation Unit Sergeant Jeremy Kelly, who is leading the operation for Humberside and South Yorkshire Police, is hoping to build on the success of previous Operation Triviums.

He said: “This operation brings not only European police forces but we are also working with several partner agencies including the DVSA, Immigration, HMIC and HM Court Services.

“Operations like this show that borders are no barrier to justice.

“Trivium has been very successful in the previous six operations.

“We all work to piece together a national picture on travelling criminals to prevent worker exploitation and trafficking, protect vulnerable people and tackle criminals.

“We last carried out Op Trivium VI in May 2016.

“In one week we stopped 96 vehicles, issued 24 fixed penalty notices and four vehicles were seized for offences such as defective brakes and exceeding driver’s hours.”