Launch of new initiative to tackle organised crime in Essex ports

Lorry drivers are being urged to help combat terrorism, organised crime and smuggling through the ports of Tilbury and Purfleet as part of a new initiative launched in Essex [March 2013].Suffolk

Project Yali has been launched by Essex Police and works by encouraging lorry drivers and the wider port community to provide information about suspicious activity. 

In a bustling port environment, lorry drivers and port workers are ideally placed to support authorities in the battle against international crime rings who import contraband, such as tobacco and alcohol, as well as those criminals engaged in people smuggling, drug dealing and terrorism. 

Working in partnership are Border Force, Crimestoppers, Forth Ports, Port of Tilbury Police, Maritime Transport and Essex Police.

Contact Crimestoppers

Through Project Yali, hauliers are being asked to call us on 0800 555 111 or fill out our Anonymous Online Form about any suspicious activity.

"We are delighted to be supporting this initiative and providing the haulage industry with a safe, alternative route to giving information about crime at the ports."

Ann Scott Eastern Regional Manager

Nick Alston, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: "We’ve all got to play our part in keeping our communities safe. I’m a great believer in involving those at the front line, in this case lorry drivers and port workers, directly in work with key agencies to identify any suspicious activity."