POLICE say they will be running more roadside operations in a bid to crackdown on drivers breaking the law.

Members of the Braintree Community Policing have vowed to act on public tip-offs about areas in the district which have become notorious for poor or illegal driving.

The pledge comes following an operation in Braintree and Witham which saw 43 motorists caught committing driving offences in a single day.

Among the most prolific offences were speeding, motorists failing to wear a seatbelt and no MOT.

A total of 16 officers took part in the operation, which saw an ANPR van and numerous double crewed police cars stationed in Colchester Road, Witham, and Pod Brook’s End, Braintree.

Roads Policing Special Sergeant Chris Gliddon said: “After talking to concerned residents in Witham, I organised this operation to target drivers breaking the law while also providing a highly visible presence.

“I’m really grateful for my colleagues who gave up their Friday to help with this operation and their contribution helped us take a drug driver off the road, help with a road traffic collision and educate a number of drivers who thought it was ok to drive without a seatbelt and too fast.

“We will be running more of these operations across the district.”

During the operation, which took place on Friday, April 26, officers dealt with an ANPR hit on vehicle which had its number plates stolen the night before. A member of the public had reported the theft at 11pm on Thursday, April 25 and was informed of the ANPR hit by 10am the next day.

Mr Gliddon added: "The day was really well received with lots of really good engagement particularly in Witham with members of the public passing/being dealt with.

"There was also another vehicle that was stopped for no MOT who had actually just had it completed less than 30 minutes prior – again, they were very happy and impressed."