Police use new phone app to check car number plates

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DRIVERS with no insurance or tax, or driving with false number plates, now have no place to hide from Northamptonshire Police.

Officers can now check all vehicle details instantly using an automatic number plate recognition app and the camera on their Blackberry mobile phones.

Vehicles can be checked in an instant by the app. It checks a vehicle’s insurance, tax, whether it is stolen and if it is previously known to the police.

It also identifies the correct make and model of the vehicle, showing if it may have false number plates. And it can also feed back exactly where a car is photographed, for future evidence.

Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds, said: “This is another way we are using new technology to crack crime. Not long ago we launched an app for people’s mobile phones enabling them to view people the police want to talk to. Both these things will help us better fight crime.”