Police in new metal theft crackdown

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police looking for metal thieves and rogue scrap traders stopped 106 vehicles in a crackdown in South Yorkshire.

Initiatives spanned four national ‘days of action’ as part of Operation Tornado – a joint approach involving South Yorkshire Police and neighbouring police forces.

Officers were out in force tackling people suspected of transporting and trading scrap metal and made 11 arrests for metal theft and another seven for offences including drugs.

Two lengths of stolen cable and two catalytic converters were found and four vehicles were seized for having no insurance.

Four were reported for not having the correct waste carrier licences and two were issued with defect-rectification notices.

A total of 18 people suspected of being involved in metal theft were issued with advisory letters.

Scrapyards in Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster were also visited.

Chief Superintendent Bill Hotchkiss, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “This is the third high-profile metal theft operation South Yorkshire Police has executed this year.

“Scrapyards in the county and those moving and dealing stolen metal have been targeted by police several times recently, so they know we are watching them. This is part of a long-term plan to deter unlawful actions and better regulate the industry.

“These operations involve communities, businesses and partners as well as legitimate scrap metal dealers. The whole community can be affected by metal theft, so it is important we pull together.”