THE LOWER Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team is joining forces with other Calderdale teams in a co-ordinated campaign to restrict the sale of stolen metal.
Officers from Brighouse have teamed up with the Upper Valley and Halifax North, East and Central NPTs to do their part of the push to target the problem.
The operation is on going and so far this week NPT officers have been out and about visiting Calderdale’s scrap metal yards to ensure dealers are only trading in legitimately acquired metal.
And they have teamed up with partner agencies including VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) to check for stolen metal being moved about on the district’s roads.
So far in the on going operation they have visited scrap yards across Calderdale and stopped 68 vehicles in a joint operation to target the road network
Areas in Calderdale where metal theft has previously occurred have also been patrolled to reduce the risk of a repeat of the problem.
Inspector Mohammed Nawaz, who heads the Lower Valley team and the operation, said: “This has been a major operation to combat metal theft in Calderdale and the scale of it should lead metal thieves and those who sell stolen metal in no doubt that it will not be tolerated.
“Metal theft can cause serious disruption to our transport infrastructure and also have a devastating human impact – for example the theft of plaques marking the passing away of loved ones.
“This week long operation has targeted various areas to show we mean business. This will not be the end of our work in this area.
“I would urge residents to be aware of this issue. If you see people removing metal and you have any doubts as to whether they are doing so legitimately then call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”