A KNIFE and illegal drugs were found after a stolen car was stopped in Herefordshire overnight.

The bright yellow Ford Kuga was stopped by officers from Herefordshire's Operations Patrol Unit near Ross-on-Wye, a West Mercia Police spokesperson said. 

The vehicle, which is pictured at a car wash in the Ross area, was found to be stolen, while the driver was arrested for a string of offences, the spokesperson confirmed.


They were drug-driving, possession of a knife, possession of a class B drug, and driving without a licence.

Herefordshire might not be the most crime-ridden county in the country, but a recent Hereford Times report revealed that there were almost 200 vehicle thefts reported in the county between January 2022 and August 2023.

The data, revealed by a request made under the Freedom of Information Act to West Mercia Police, showed there were several "hotspots" in the county for these crimes.

The data reveals that there were at least 95 vehicles stolen in Hereford during this time, making the city the most targeted area by thieves.

Other car crime hotspots within Herefordshire are Leominster, with 32 vehicles stolen, and Bromyard, with 15 stolen.

Volkswagens and Fords topped the list of the most stolen makes in Herefordshire, followed by Land Rovers, BMWs, Vauxhalls and Mitsubishis.