CROOKS who con people out of cash on their doorstep have been targeted in a police-led operation.
Cops joined representatives from VOSA, SEPA, Trading Standards and the Department of Work and Pensions to carry out a range of checks on vehicles and individuals travelling through the area.
A total of 52 cars, vans and trucks were escorted to the testing site, which was set up within the car park of the Tesco supermarket in Bathgate.
The motorists and other occupants were then spoken to by all agencies while the vehicles were looked over to ensure they were fully roadworthy.
As a result of yesterday’s activity, SEPA and environmental officers handed out 22 Waste Management and Waste Transfer Orders, while VOSA issued 15 Prohibition Notices.
A total of 41 benefits interviews were conducted by the DWP and eight various fraud offences were detected and will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.
Road Policing Officers then charged five people with various road traffic offences including driving without a licence and driving without insurance.
Four of the vehicles inspected yesterday were seized under road traffic legislation, while seven Vehicle Rectification Notices were also issued.
During the enforcement day, local officers met with members of the public and handed out over 800 booklets, which provide guidance on identifying and preventing doorstep crime.
Superintendent Graham Jones said: “Lothian and Borders Police are committed to building safer communities by bringing those involved in doorstep crime to justice.
“The enforcement day undoubtedly sent a clear message to bogus callers and rogue traders that we will not tolerate them and will work closely with our various partner agencies to remove them.”