ELEVEN people have been arrested in a police day of action aimed at cutting metal theft across South Yorkshire.
The arrests were linked to the theft of stolen goods worth about £50,000, the county’s police force revealed.
Officers visited 20 scrapyards in yesterday’s police blitz to look for stolen metal weighed in by thieves hoping to cash in on the high value of scrap.
Police also stopped 235 vehicles to check whether they were transporting stolen metal.
A 46-year-old man from Thorne, Doncaster, was arrested on suspicion of the theft of a van, £35,000 of metal and £15,000 of diesel, all from Norfolk, during a van search.
Police also detained three Doncaster men, aged 20, 18 and 25, on suspicion of burglary offences following the discovery of £10,000 worth of cable in a van.
In Rotherham, police arrested four men and a woman in connection with metal thefts in North Wales at the start of October.
Searches of their homes led to the discovery of 20 tonnes of metal, an electric stun gun, CS gas, a modified air rifle and a £20,000 metal grading gun.
A 29-year-old Doncaster woman was arrested over the theft of £2,500 worth of copper from a house in Mexborough, Doncaster, while a stolen Land Rover from West Yorkshire, which officers believe was due to be broken up for parts, was found in Hackenthorpe, Sheffield.
Three Worksop men were arrested over the theft of cable from an overhead power line on Doncaster Road, Tickhill.
Superintendent Tim Innes said: “Metal theft operations involve local communities, businesses and partners as well as assistance from legitimate scrap metal dealers.
“The whole community can be affected by the consequences of metal theft, so it is important that we all pull together to tackle it.”