Scrapyards are coming in for close scrutiny as police launch a new crackdown to short-circuit Doncaster’s cable thieves.
Officers have vowed to get tough on people stealing metal and cable across the area after a spate of cable thefts that has left local residents without phones and internet access.
In the past month Arksey and Lindholme have been cut off by attacks on BT lines. Parish churches are another prime target for crooks tearing lead from roofs.
Over the last year, there has been a steady increase in metal thefts across Doncaster, particularly copper and lead, which has substantially increased in value.
Chief Inspector Ian Bint, who is leading the operation, said: “Metal theft is not just a problem in Doncaster, it is a national issue.
“People who commit these thefts do not realise the implications they have on the companies they are stealing from and the disruption it causes to the services for residents in Doncaster.
“This operation is aimed to specifically target the people committing these thefts but also ensure that scrap metal yards and dealers are looked at to determine where the metal is being sold.”
Officers will be working in partnership with Doncaster Council, Vehicle Operator and Services Agency and HM Revenue & Customs in a bid to stamp out the problem.
Chief Insp Bint added: “We will be doing everything we can to identify those responsible but as always need the public’s help.
“I would urge anybody with information about metal or cable thefts to contact the police as soon as possible and help us put a stop to this problem.”
n Anybody with information about metal and cable thefts should contact South Yorkshire Police on 0114 220 2020 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.