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Untaxed cars seized in town centre crackdown

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A photo of untaxed cars being removed

Untaxed cars blighting a Middlesbrough street have been seized in a town centre crackdown.

The ten cars - legally required to be kept off-road - were removed from Greta Street in a joint operation by Middlesbrough Council Neighbourhood Safety Wardens and Cleveland Police's Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Policing Team.

The illegally parked vehicles have been causing access issues for other businesses along the street.

Following the operation on Thursday (July 8) Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston pledged to continue working to reclaim the streets for law-abiding residents and businesses.

He said: "This was brilliant work by Council wardens working alongside their police counterparts.

"It's made an instant difference to the street and should help to deter such blatant disregard for the law in future.

"We won't put up with this illegal and inconsiderate behaviour, so operations like this will be happening right across the town, wherever they're needed."

Inspector Darren Birkett, from Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "After a number of reports of cars blocking the road, we assisted the local authority in taking action and ten vehicles which were found to be untaxed or had been declared SORN were removed from the road, allowing more parking spaces for members of the public and local businesses."

To report unlicensed vehicles and other environmental issues, call the Middlesbrough Council Contact Centre on 01642 726001.

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