Police target metal thieves

POLICE issued three tickets, stopped 25 vehicles and visited more than 150 vulnerable premises as part of a crackdown on metal thieves.

The Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team joined forces with partner agencies handing out crime prevention advice, and visiting local hotspots and scrap yards throughout the borough checking they had the correct legislation.

The enforcement was part of a day of action run by the Lower Valley NPT after a substantial increase in the number of scrap metal thefts, mainly due to increasing value.

Officers obtained details of regular visitors to scrap yards which are now being analysed and, where appropriate, follow-up inquiries are being made.

NPT officers together with British Telecommunications, British Transport Police, Environmental Health, VOSA, various council departments and councillors visited more than 150 vulnerable premises to provide crime prevention advice.

Out of the 25 vehicles stopped and checked by officers two were found to have defective tyres. Another vehicle was condemned to the roadside until the tyres were repaired.

Three tickets were issued for offences including no insurance, use of a mobile phone while driving and defective seat belts.

Inspector Mohammed Nawaz, who heads the Lower Valley team, said they will be carrying out further work in the area.

“The day of action carried out by my officers and our partners was just the start of the operation and we will continue to perform checks throughout the year,” he said.

“The community is our eyes and ears and we will continue to work with them to gather intelligence and share information that will help us to target those involved in this type of crime and make them accountable for their actions.”

Anyone who would like to report a suspicious incident should call police on 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.