METAL thieves in Nottinghamshire are stealing catalytic converters from vehicles to weigh in at scrapyards.
Last week South Yorkshire Police said there had been a spate of thefts in the county and now the Nottinghamshire force had admitted the same is happening there.
Since the beginning of April, there have been 112 catalytic converters stolen – 94 more than last year.
Chief Inspector Sean Anderson, responsible for the police response to metal theft in Nottinghamshire, said: “We have recently experienced an unprecedented rise in the number catalytic converters stolen. There were 16 in January in total in the county. So far this month, 80 catalytic converters have been stolen.
“We have a number of tactics in place, including extra patrols in hotspot areas and on main arterial routes into and out of the county.”
Anyone with information should call Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.