From: Ret. on 22 Mar 2010 17:50
From the current issue of the Cheshire Police monthly newspaper in an
article describing the creation of the NWMPG (North West Motorway Police
Group) which is a joint venture between Cheshire Police, Merseyside Police,
Lancashire Police and, shortly, Greater Manchester Police:
Using Number Plate Technology;
"In addition to the Mobile Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras
inside police vehicles, it was always envisaged that the motorways would use
'fixed site' cameras to target criminals travelling into the region.
Having ANPR at fixed sites would also help police anti-terrorism,
investigation and intelligence analysis.
At the end of September 2009 real-time number plate reading and matching
against police interest databases commenced a roll-out. The first fixed site
went live on the M6 in Cheshire with a further nine sites having been
identified, and it is envisaged that these will be fully functional by April
The first site is reading 70,000 vehicle plates a day, and from this an
average of 1,800 'hits' - showing that the police or another agency have an
interest in the vehicle - are being recorded.
When all 10 sites are live it is anticipated that the ANPR will generate an
estimated 560,000 reads per day from which this will produce a maximum of
some 20,000 hits.
Linked to computer systems within the Force, this will provide significant
evidential benefit in major crime enquiries in addition to providing
opportunities for analysis of vehicle movements across the motorway network
to more effectively target vehicles of police interest.
The Force ANPR co-ordinator said: "Once the proposed cameras are set up, and
by using them in conjunction with our extensive CCTV coverage, motorway
officers will be able to trace a vehicle across the region without losing
sight of it."
And this could only be the start - 40 sites have been identified with a
scope for 170+ cameras/readers across the region, including Manchester."
From: Nigel Oldfield on 22 Mar 2010 17:55
We know, we know.
From: Phil Stovell on 22 Mar 2010 18:35
Here's a few more ideas for them: http://www.george-orwell.org/1984
From: Conor on 22 Mar 2010 19:22
On 22/03/2010 22:13, Ret. wrote:
> In the past year 2,971 goods vehicles have been prohibited for a range
> of offences from drivers' hours and fatigue to dangerous loads, drink
> driving, and false records. In general, officers achieve a hit rate in
> excess of 70% when dealing with such vehicles.
> So yes - they do stop a few...
Actually, they tend to only target the lorries they know are likely to
get a result.
I'm not prejudiced. I hate everyone equally.
From: nonanon on 22 Mar 2010 19:34
On Mon, 22 Mar 2010 21:50:31 +0000, Ret. wrote:
> From the current issue of the Cheshire Police monthly newspaper in an
> article describing the creation of the NWMPG (North West Motorway Police
> Group) which is a joint venture between Cheshire Police, Merseyside
> Police, Lancashire Police and, shortly, Greater Manchester Police:
> Using Number Plate Technology;
Uh, you do know this has been happening for many years? Thus the law
change to require certain fonts on licence plates?
Heathrow and City of London have been doing this for yonks.