South Yorkshire talks over metal thefts

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Police officers from Sweden were among those who travelled to an event in South Yorkshire to discuss ways in which forces across the UK are cracking down on metal theft.

The event, at the Lifewise Centre, Kea Park Close, Hellaby, Rotherham, was aimed at sharing best practice, to discuss what methods have worked.

Presentations were given to show how agencies are working together on crackdowns including Operation Tornado, and Scrapwatch – a metal theft alert website.

Opening the event, Assistant Chief Constable Jo Byrne, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “I’m delighted to be here and impressed with how many different people with various expertise have travelled to South Yorkshire to discuss and share best practice about metal theft.”

She presented Swedish officers Mats Scherp and Pär Samuelsson with certificates in recognition of the effort they made to attend the event.

She said: “On behalf of South Yorkshire, we hope that when you go back to Sweden you can keep your links here to help with your work.”

Acting Insp Wayne Goodwin, co-ordinator for metal theft for South Yorkshire and the Humber region, said: “This visit is to celebrate the collaborative work between Europe and the United Kingdom.

“The officers have specifically asked to come over to South Yorkshire to look at best practice for a new legislation coming into force.

“They also wanted to see how we deliver partnership work and how we work with them to reduce metal theft across the Yorkshire and Humber region.

“The main purpose of their visit is to take our best practice back to their country and integrate it within their enforcement and legislation.”

The event was attended by officers from across South Yorkshire, joined by representatives from British Transport Police, People United Against Crime, Network Rail, Revenue and Customs the Environment Agency.

n Anyone with information about metal theft should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or, alternatively, Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.