Joining forces to stamp out metal theft

POLICE have continued their efforts to drive down opportunities for those looking to sell stolen scrap metal.

Officers from the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team joined forces with colleagues from Bradford to search vehicles for stolen metal goods in a multi agency day of action to address metal theft.

As part of the joint operation 62 vehicles were stopped and checked. Two vehicles were seized for no insurance, three people were reported for not having an MOT and a vehicle, stolen from Milton Keynes, was recovered by police.

Four vehicle defect forms were issued for construction and road use offences, including a damaged number plate and faulty doors. Officers also checked for red diesel and were pleased to report that none was found.

Officers carried out five Section 23 stop and searches and issued two formal cannabis warnings.

Sgt Warren Pitman, for the Lower Valley team, said: “We are doing all we can to make it difficult for those trying to sell stolen scrap metal and similar operations will continue in the near future.”

In the last two weeks, Lower Valley officers have also been joining forces with response officers and the Regional Roads Policing Unit to stop and check vehicles travelling in and out of the area on the Huddersfield borders.

They mounted checkpoints at Elland, Ainley Top, Rastrick, Outlane, Sowood, Greetland and Stainland.

Six people were arrested for offences including going equipped and theft of motor vehicle.

Sgt Pitman said: “Officers have also carried out crime reduction surveys which involved identifying vulnerable premises and providing householders with crime prevention packs and advice to help prevent them from becoming a victim of crime.”