31st May 2001
A new partnership has been launched by the Port of Felixstowe, Suffolk Constabulary and Suffolk Truckwatch to detect stolen goods, illegal items such as drugs, concealed persons or contraband.
Goods Vehicle drivers are being targeted as being key to the success of the initiative and are being provided with a card displaying, not only the Crimestoppers phone number 0800 555 111, but also the Suffolk Constabulary Ports Unit number. It is hoped that cards will be retained and kept in cabs or drivers' wallets so that they have an immediate reference to the appropriate telephone numbers, where they can report their suspicions.
Suffolk Truckwatch Chairman, Tony Allen, in supporting the initiative, said:
"There is always a likelihood that drivers may become aware of information about their load which causes them concern. They will have the option of calling 999, but this card provides other alternatives including allowing them to remain anonymous through Crimestoppers. Truckwatch members will be only too pleased to see this initiative have some impact."
Chris Gray, Managing Director of the Port of Felixstowe, said:
"It is essential we all do everything possible to crack down on crime, and we are very pleased to support this initiative."
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Port of Felixstowe (PFL) is the largest container port in the UK and the fourth largest in Europe. In 2000, the port handled 2.8 million TEU. PFL is a member of Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH), an independent port investor, developer and operator with operations in 19 ports in Asia, Europe and the Americas.