SCRAP metal yards across South Yorkshire have been raided by police today in a crackdown on metal theft across the county.
A team of 400 police officers were involved in the operation at 10 yards - three in Sheffield, five in Barnsley, one in Rotherham and one in Doncaster.
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It is the biggest ever police operation mounted in South Yorkshire to tackle the county’s metal theft problem.
Chief Superintendent Bill Hotchkisss, who oversaw the operation, said: “The objective is to identify, locate and arrest people suspected of involvement in metal theft offences and those buying and selling stolen metal.
“The theft of metal is a significant problem - not just for South Yorkshire but nationally.”
He said ‘legitimate’ scrap metal and recycling yards have nothing to fear from the new crackdown.
But warned that those who flout the law and accept stolen metal face a maximum of 14 years behind bars, if convicted, and could lose their businesses.
For more details and reaction see The Star on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.