Crackdown on trade in stolen goods at shops across Sheffield

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A crackdown on the trade of stolen goods was launched in Sheffield today.

South Yorkshire Police and Sheffield Council have launched a ‘second hand dealer’ scheme where traders agree to abide by a code of conduct in a bid to reduce the risk of businesses being duped into buying stolen goods from crooks.

Businesses will have to keep accurate records of what they buy, including logging details of those selling goods.

Police and Trading Standards officers will carry out regular visits to second hand shops to check the records and stock for sale.

Inspector Jason Booth said: “Every second hand dealer will be approached to join the scheme and sign up.”