Two arrested in crackdown

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SOME 125 vehicles were stopped and checked by police in a new crackdown on metal thefts across the county.

Police ran the operation with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency and environmental enforcement officers, checking vehicles travelling to scrap dealers to ensure nobody was trying to cash in on stolen goods.

Two arrests were made, over 20 fixed penalty notices were issued for traffic offences, and four vehicles were seized for having no insurance.

Twelve vehicles were found to be carrying waste without a licence.

Inspector Jason Booth said: “After responding to concerns about metal theft we worked to achieve some really good results and we will be repeating this initiative again in the near future.”

Superintendent Martin Hemingway said: “I am delighted with the outcome of this operation.”