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Metal theft action in South Yorkshire

February 15, 2013, 2:24 pm

South Yorkshire Police are continuing their efforts to clamp down on metal theft by participating in the national day of action, on Wednesday, 13, February.

Almost 60 officers were out around the county visiting scrap yards and stopping vehicles believed to be involved in the collection and distribution of scrap metal.

One hundred and fifteen drivers were stopped, elevenpeople were arrested, tenscrap dealers visited and three vehicles seized.

Of the vehicles stopped and checked over, six were given prohibition notices for not being road worthy, six were found not to have a licence for transporting metal and onewas fined for using red diesel.

The vehicles were seized as the drivers did not have insurance.

Chief Inspector Andy Kent who coordinated the day said: “Working with scrap metal dealers and tackling metal theft is very much daily business for us now, however its good to dedicate resources to the issue on specific dates.

“The scrap metal industry is now better regulated with Operation Tornado and the new legislation and we work closely with partners across the industry.

“The public can help combat metal theft by reporting suspicious activity on 101 or calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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