A TEAM of special constables has played its part in a joint operation to tackle cross-border criminality.

A tri-force operation was supported by Northumbria Police’s motor patrols department, devised to tackle criminals that use the main roads between England and Scotland.

Working in partnership with Police Scotland and Cumbria Police, officers stopped more than 100 vehicles believed to be involved in crimes.

A number of road traffic offences were detected as part of the two-day operation, including a driver who was under influence of drugs, a suspected stolen vehicle which was seized and a man arrested on recall to prison.

As part of the operation, Sergeant Pinner Rana and his team were assisted by a team of volunteers who gave up their own time to be traffic special constables, tasked with supporting the force’s motor patrols officers.

And the volunteers made a lasting impression once more as they went above and beyond to help catch suspected criminals and keep the region’s roads safe.

Sgt Rana, of Northumbria Police’s motor patrols department, said: “This operation showed the value in teamwork and it was great to work alongside Police Scotland and Cumbria Police to tackle cross-border criminality.

“Over the last few weeks, they have also supported officers as part of Operation Beacon, which targets all vehicle-related offences including uninsured cars, drivers without insurance and speeding. That work will continue as we head towards the winter months.

“We will continue to work hard to make Northumbria’s roads safer and take action against those who break the law.”

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuinness, praised those who gave up their time to help keep local communities safe.