Operation Trivium 7: police prepare fresh crackdown on mobile criminality

Published Tue, 22/11/2016 - 06:33


Police across the UK are once again cracking down on foreign criminals using the roads. As part of Operation Trivium 7 taking place from Monday 21 to Friday 25 November, officers will be stopping vehicles and checking drivers' details with the purpose of dealing a major blow to mobile criminality across Europe.

Trivium 7 follows the highly successful Trivium 6, which took place in May 2016. During the five days of Trivium 6, the following results were achieved:

9,009 vehicles stopped; 218 arrests; 509 vehicles seized; 546 actions following ANPR activations; 3,274 foreign-driven vehicles stopped; 7,188 enforcement actions; 529 intelligence submissions.

Supt Paul Keasey, head of the National Roads Policing Intelligence Forum, said: “Over the past three years, Operation Trivium has proved highly effective in disrupting criminal networks active in human trafficking, modern day slavery, illegal immigration and a wide range of other crimes.

“Once again with Trivium 7 the priority is to safeguard our communities. We also wish to make clear that there is no hiding for criminals and that borders hold no barriers when it comes to bringing about justice.

“Trivium makes a significant contribution to our aims by ensuring a fast and smooth exchange of information through Europol’s secure channels, by close co-operation with partner agencies and by allowing us to work together as one entity to provide a robust and effective response to borderless crime.”

A European Operations Control Centre (EOCC), based in the West Midlands, will be staffed throughout the week. Representatives of Europol will be based here throughout the week, with police officers from Romania and Lithuania also available to check police systems in drivers' home countries to verify details supplied by foreign nationals.

The EOCC will welcome representatives from UK partner organisations including the National Crime Agency (NCA), Home Office Immigration, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

Working remotely will be the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA), Department for Work & Pensions, Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (NAVCIS), Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB), Highways England, Environment Agency and the National Trading Standards Intelligence Team (NTSIT).