Metal thefts crackdown

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POLICE launched an operation this week targeting the ‘growing problem’ of scrap metal thefts in the county.

Officers have said they will crack down on thefts of metal, including lead from roofs, railway cables and sub-stations by visiting vulnerable premises, such as churches, schools and building sites, to offer advice and property marking.

They will also be visiting scrap metal merchants to remind them of the legislation around receiving and recording metal and encouraging them to tell police about ‘suspicious people’.

Supt Debbie Mathews, leading Operation Calanthia, said: “Some will think that these are victimless crimes and people are insured, but far from it - these crimes have a major impact on organisations, schools, hospitals, churches, businesses and lead to an increase in fear in the neighbourhoods we police.”