A JOINT operation has been carried out by police to disrupt criminals coming into the north of Hampshire.

Last night (December 6) more than 40 officers from Hampshire, Thames Valley and Surrey took part in the dedicated cross-border operation.

Officers from Tadley and Yateley's Neighbourhood teams took part in the crackdown, which forms part of Hampshire Constabulary’s ongoing Operation Rebate work, which was launched to reduce rural crime such as non-dwelling burglaries.

During the night of action more than 20 vehicles were stopped, with one seized, with three people arrested for driving offences.

Inspector Olga Venner, from Hampshire Constabulary, said: “Last night saw no offences reported in relation to Operation Rebate, so we are pleased that our action is making a difference.

“Operations like this are important to show criminals that rural areas in Hampshire are not a soft target.

“We know rural crime has a significant impact on those targeted and we are dedicated to do whatever we can to bring those responsible to justice.

“Together with our colleagues from neighbouring police forces, we will continue to work hard to ensure our communities are safer for all.”