Police arrest 57 in crackdown on metal theft

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MORE than 50 arrests – including a number in South Yorkshire – were made in a crackdown on metal theft across the north of England.

The ten-force Coast to Coast Tornado operation resulted in 57 arrests linked to £115,000 of seized and suspected stolen goods.

In Doncaster, Regional Roads Crime Team officers attempted to stop a vehicle and the driver made off discarding two large packages – thought to be Class A drugs – from the vehicle, which were recovered by officers. A 38-year-old man was arrested and £40,000 worth of Class A drugs were recovered from his home in North Lincolnshire.

Three males, aged 16, 17 and 21, were arrested on suspicion of burglary in Dunscroft, Doncaster, after a break-in when the car keys were stolen. It is suspected the trio were going back for the vehicle.

A 33-year-old man, from Rotherham, was arrested in Thurcroft trying to dispose of stolen metal at a scrapyard. The metal had been stolen from a burglary in Thurcroft.

Commissioner for South Yorkshire Shaun Wright said the operation sent a ‘clear message’ metal theft would not be tolerated.