Motorist has car seized in the early hours in Witchford

PUBLISHED: 15:13 27 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:13 27 December 2017

East Cambs Police stopped a driver with number plates that could not be seen for dirt - only to find it was not insured.

East Cambs Police stopped a driver with number plates that could not be seen for dirt - only to find it was not insured.

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Special police and the roads unit joined forces for a seasonal drink drive campaign in Witchford.

At just gone midnight on Thursday 21 two officers stopped a Mini Cooper convertible due to a very dirty number plate.

Once the number plate could be read, it was revealed that the car was not insured.

The vehicle was seized by special constable Wilding-Glendye and special sergeant Gillibrand and removed from the road.

Special sergeant Gillibrand, who by day is an industrial chemist, said: “It’s great to get out to and help the constabulary make the roads safer for law abiding drivers at this time of year.

“It highlights that the special constabulary makes a real contribution.”

The owner of the vehicle has fourteen days to give evidence of insurance to reclaim the vehicle and will also pay for recovery and storage.

If they fail to do so the car will be disposed of.

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said: “The cost of insurance for anyone prosecuted for this offence is always likely to be exceptionally higher post conviction.

“A recent investigation of the cost of driving without insurance estimated the total of these offences to be a £300 million burden on those who use the roads lawfully.

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