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Cheshire has below average rate of illegal number plate crime, data shows; Despite the county having a below average rate of such offences, there was still an increase from 2016-17, reflecting a national trend.

Byline: Andrew Cain

Cheshire's rate of crimes involving illegal number plates are below the national average, according to new data.

Motoring retailer Halfords has compiled the data, obtained through Freedom of Information (FOI) requests sent to police forces throughout the UK.

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The data was formed from the responses of the 49 constabularies that responded to FOI requests, and showed that between 2016 and 2017 there was an average increase of 18% in the number of illegal number plate offences in the UK.

But Cheshire, despite also showing an increase in these offences, was below the national average showing an increase of just 8%.

Other findings of the survey by Halfords showed that 98% of drivers in the UK are unable to tell the difference between a legal and illegal number plate, and that young people are six times more likely to buy an illegal number plate than those over 45.

Several areas in the UK showed particularly dramatic rises. Warwickshire, Dorset, Gwent and Northumbria were the highest, increasing by 179%, 161%, 96%, and 94% respectively.

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Katie Sexton, number plate expert at Halfords said: "The study proves that there is a lack of understanding of the legalities surrounding number plates.

"With number plate crime on the rise, it is important that motorists get their replacement number plates from a reputable registered supplier, such as Halfords, and are asked to provide proof of identification and entitlement to show that they have the right to use the registration."

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Publication:Chester Chronicle (Chester, England)
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Date:Dec 8, 2018
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