POLICE have been spot checking vehicles in York.

Next week marks four years since 'unpredictable policing' launched in North Yorkshire and officers were out yesterday stopping cars as part of the continuation of Operation Servator.

The force set up checks in Paragon Street outside York Barbican and in nearby Fishergate.

A spokesman said on Twitter: "We can’t wait for York Barbican to open up. Project Servator is carrying out checks in and around places that are opening back up. 

"We can pop up, anytime and anywhere looking out for hostile criminals. 1 vehicle seized- no insurance. 1 drug search- nothing found."

North Yorkshire Police launched Project Servator on April 11, 2017, with the aim to "disrupt a range of criminal activity, including terrorism, while providing a reassuring presence for the public".

Police say the scheme is a mix of "unpredictable and highly visible" deployments, plain clothes work, and work with businesses, community organisations and the public, and the scheme has since been adopted by other forces around the country.

Deployments can pop up anywhere, any time, in any weather, and include highly visible policing supported by a range of resources that can include CCTV, armed police officers, police dogs, automatic number plate recognition, mounted police, plain clothed officers and air support - including drones.