In Hertfordshire, an arrest has taken place during an Essex Police operation that saw nine men seized by the constabulary.

The operation took place prior to Friday (March 1) and targeted Essex's borders with Hertfordshire and London.

Officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary and the Metropolitan Police were also involved.

The individual in Hertfordshire was taken into custody on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and possession of drugs with intent to supply.

An image released by Essex Police shows a silver BMW being stopped near junction 22 of the M25, at London Colney.

In total, the operation saw ten stolen vehicles recovered, eight stop searches carried out and seven pieces of intelligence submitted.

Watford Observer: Nine arrests were made in total.Nine arrests were made in total. (Image: Essex Police)

Superintendent Phil Stinger said: “We know that criminals travel between force areas to commit offences.

"By working with our neighbours and sharing intelligence, we are severely limiting the ability of these groups to operate.

“We understand the impact that car theft and drug dealing have on communities. By hunting down and arresting those responsible, we are sending a clear message to anyone involved in this type of criminality.

“When incidents and ANPR hits were reported, our officers' quick and decisive actions saw suspects linked to a number of serious offences apprehended.”