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A residential street in Portsmouth was closed for an hour this afternoon while police helped take away untaxed vehicles.

Officers were pictured inspecting and taking away vehicles in Tangier Road between 1pm and 2pm.

Cllr Jim Fleming, cabinet member for traffic and transportation at Portsmouth City Council, said three cars and a burger van had been towed.

He said: ‘The vehicles had been left on the road untaxed for some time and were causing a nuisance.

‘They will be kept by the council unless they are claimed by someone who can prove they are the owner.’

He added if the owners did not come forward and pay the tax, the DVLA would make a decision on how to dispose of them.

Untaxed cars in Tangier Road, Baffins, Portsmouth being removed during a police operation on Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Picture: Marcin Jedrysiak 
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Untaxed cars in Tangier Road, Baffins, Portsmouth being removed during a police operation on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Picture: Marcin Jedrysiak playzone7777@gmail.com

A police spokeswoman said the operation went smoothly.

She said: ‘It was a council-led operation to remove untaxed cars in Tangier Road.

‘The police were there to assist with the road closure and to ensure there was no breach of the peace.

‘There were no arrests and the operation was a success.’

Portsmouth’s neighbourhood police team also tweeted a picture of the force’s vehicles in Tangier Road, praising the work of the Fratton and Baffins teams, and using the hashtag #notaxnodrive.

Picture: Marcin Jedrysiak