Police in Coventry are taking
to the streets again to continue their war against unwanted and
Operation Mantovani was
launched in March this year when 41 vehicles were removed from the
Wood End area by council officers working with Stoney Stanton Road
Now the team has been
reassembled with officers from the DVLA to tackle people who think
they are beyond the law.
Acting Sergeant Ferris
have a negative effect on the quality of life of local residents and
are often subject to arson attacks and criminal damage.
"Local people were
delighted when we removed these eye-sores last time and we promised
at the time we would be back if the need arose."
Warning stickers have been put
on some 65 vehicles telling the owners to either tax or remove their
Owners have been warned that
if nothing is done, the council will remove vehicles and deal with
them as they see fit.
Sgt Hatheson said:
"Any vehicle owners who
contact the council stating they do not wish their vehicles to be
removed will receive visits from traffic officers to make sure all
the necessary documents such as insurance and MOT certificates are
Haydon Madoc, head of
enforcement for DVLA, said:
is a free collection service for unwanted vehicles and anyone wishing
to take advantage of this should contact the Street Services Officer
on 0500 834333 or Andrea Driver on 7683 4323 or write to the Street
Services Section, 1st Floor, Broadgate House, Broadgate, Coventry CV1
between DVLA, West Midlands Police and the council is welcomed and
we are confident this operation will help protect the environment.
"Honest motorists are
infuriated at having to subsidise road tax cheats and it is a
constant source of resentment.
units will be targeting unlicensed vehicles and road tax cheats
should be aware as they could end up carless, penniless and find it
more trouble than it is worth.
"There is now no hiding
place for those who think they are beyond the law."