A dozen arrests were made during an operation targeting criminals using roads around Thurrock.

Essex Police worked with colleagues in the Metropolitan Police across Thursday, April 2, hunting for criminals using roads in Thurrock and east London.

The work was undertaken as part of Operation Sceptre, an ongoing plan to tackle serious violent crime.

Two people were arrested on suspicion of theft of fuel after a car failed to stop for police in Thurrock.

The car was later found to contain a number of cans of suspected stolen fuel.

Three men were arrested on suspicion of robbery.

A driver was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods after a Range Rover with false number plates was stopped.

It was found to have been stolen.

A driver was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, drug driving and failing to stop for police.

Two people were arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon.

Two large knives were seized.

Superintendent Craig Saunders said: “We regularly work with neighbouring forces to help catch criminals who cross over county borders to commit crime and this was just one example of this partnership work.

“Every day we’re targeting offenders involved in violent crime and we’re committed to keeping our communities safe “Information from the public is vital to our work and really does make a difference.

“If you know someone is carrying a weapon or involved in crime, or you are worried that someone is being exploited by criminals, please tell us so we can take appropriate action.”

To report a crime call 101 or visit essex.police.uk Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org.