Altering car reg could lead to a fine.
Offenders are liable to a fixed penalty fine of pounds 60 or, if convicted at court, a maximum fine of up to pounds 1,000.
In some cases, the vehicle registration number may be permanently withdrawn. Acting Inspector Keith Kitson, from Cleveland and Durham specialist operations unit, offered a warning today.
"We would like to remind all motorists that it is an offence to alter, rearrange or misrepresent vehicle registration numbers on number plates in order to form names or words or in such a way that makes it difficult to read the registration number," he said.
"For example, you should not alter the spacing or use fixing bolts to change any of the letters or numbers."
According to police, anyone who misrepresented a vehicle registration number which was permanently withdrawn would not be refunded any of the money that has been paid for it or any other costs incurred.
A document, which is available on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency website, provides further advice and information. [bar] This can be found at www.direct.gov.uk