POLICE uncovered a cockfighting ring and a cannabis factory right after stopping a driver suspected of getting lied to get car insurance.
Officers stopped the 46-yr-old’s van in Grevatt’s Lane, Climping, at 11am on March 25 soon after checks unveiled he was suspected of having withheld the fact he had a criminal conviction when he had organised his motor insurance.
When officers searched a house linked to the 46-year-previous in Cinders Lane, Yapton, they found a cannabis plant and gear for developing cannabis as properly as a quantity of birds that have been becoming used for cock-fighting and a cock-fighting ring.
The birds were seized by the RSPCA.
The guy, from Tangmere, was questioned on suspicion of fraud, triggering an animal needless struggling and cultivating cannabis prior to getting released on bail right up until April 30 while officers carry out more inquiries.
He was one of 6 folks arrested in Sussex as component of Operation Trivium, a national crackdown on foreign criminals making use of the roads.
Police officers from Romania, Lithuania and Poland came to Britain to aid with the operation, which is aimed at catching travelling criminals who use the roads to stay away from detection and move about the country.
Some travelling gangs are considered to be involved in volume offences this kind of as shoplifting, fraud, metal theft and theft from motor autos – for instance of catalytic converters. These criminal gangs move around the nation and are not linked to individual or established communities.
Any foreign nationals who are stopped had been checked towards law enforcement data right here and in their house countries to see if they had been desired for offences there.
Their licences were also checked as properly as specifics such as whether they are insured and if their autos are roadworthy.
Sergeant Paul Wood said: “This is not about focusing on individuals because of their nationality but taking action against people members of the Eastern European community who are breaking the law and educating them about what they require to do to remain inside the law.
“We feel a wide assortment of offences are becoming committed by foreign drivers in the county but operations like this support to catch not just offenders from overseas but also individuals from Sussex.”