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POLICE are to blockade neighbourhoods with Baghdad-style checkpoints in a bid to catch criminals.
A hand-picked team of officers are setting up roadblocks as part of a series of lightning strikes on crime hotspot areas.
Traffic officers will set up checkpoints using number-plate recognition technology.
Officers from the force's Tactical Vehicle Crime Unit will also be deployed with intercept cars and motorbikes.
Neighbourhood officers and a drugs dog will also patrol the checkpoints. Police say the areas to be targeted will be identified by intelligence officers.
A spokeswoman said: “As well as bringing criminals to justice, it is hoped that the new unit will help gather intelligence and raise local confidence in what the police are doing to fight crime.
Det Chief Supt Russ Jackson, who is leading the scheme, said: “With Operation Tornado we will effectively lock down areas suffering outbreaks of crime and quickly bring offenders to justice.
Originally posted by jokei
I do agree that this isn't necessarily the right way to do things, unfortunately I can think of neighbourhoods in the UK where this might be desirable and help to cut crime.
nstead of busting kids who smoke a bit of grass now and then. Disgusting. All those folk who defended the country from the Nazi's will be rolling in their graves now.