DOZENS of new police recruits blitzed drivers in a crackdown on vehicle crime.
More than 35 young officers joined experienced colleagues and officials from other agencies in setting up road checks to stop travelling criminals.
The high-profile exercise took place along the A652 Bradford Road in Batley, near the town centre.
It is one of the busier roads in Kirklees.
An Automatic Number Plate Recognition camera flagged up cars which had been reported stolen or linked to crimes.
It also alerted officers to vehicles with no insurance or road tax.
The officers then brought the cars in for an inspection.
Some were impounded there and then.
West Yorkshire Trading Standards officials were also at the day-long operation, alongside staff from the Vehicle Inspectorate, Customs and immigration officers, to target itinerant traders.
Insp Joanne Leadbeater, of Dewsbury police, said: "We welcome every opportunity to restrict the movement of criminals around the district.
"We use ANPR to take criminals off the streets and deny them use of the road."
Sgt Mark Eilbeck, who was in charge of the operation, said that thanks to new technology, thorough checks on a vehicle's paperwork now took less than 30 minutes.
"What 12 or 14 months ago would have taken weeks to process can be done in 20 minutes," he said.