SPECIALIST police have seized hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of cash and goods from criminals using Yorkshire's roads.

The Regional Roads Policing Team was launched last autumn to stop criminals using the roads and crossing force boundaries to commit crimes.

Using sophisticated technology and intelligence from West Yorkshire Police’s headquarters in Wakefield, officers also track down those who use roads to carry out serious and organised crime.

Since December they have seized vehicles worth £119,000, stolen vehicles worth £349,000, £22,605 worth of drugs, £42,650 of assets and £28,500 in cash.

They have arrested 117 people for offences including human trafficking, serious theft and fraud.

South Yorkshire Police’s chief constable Meredydd Hughes, said: “The results are already justifying the decision to create this unit, showing what we can do by working together as a region and focusing on those using the roads to commit crime.

“The teams will be even more effective when we expand the unit, as planned, later this year.”