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New powers given to officers on the coast to remove illegal off-road vehicles

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New powers given to officers on the coast to remove illegal off-road vehicles

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Tuesday, 29 March 2022

Durham Constabulary

Suffering from nuisance motorists? Tell us.

That’s the message for residents across the coast as new powers mean officers can seize illegal off-road vehicles more easily.

The Section 59 signs act as an automatic warning, meaning anyone found driving illegally will have their vehicle seized and have already proved effective in other areas of the county with a number of illegal vehicles being taken off the streets recently.

The current signs are operating in the Easington, South Hetton, Haswell, Seaham and Murton.Op Endurance is used in conjunction with Operation Takeaway – a countywide driving offences scheme.

Seaham Neighbourhood Inspector Joanne Eales said: “We understand that nuisance vehicles cause issues in our community and it is a concern that is echoed not just in our communities but by our officers too.

“We can’t combat these nuisance vehicles without the help of our community so I would urge anyone with information to get in touch so that we can act quickly and robustly.

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