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Metal theft op

Metal thieves have been targeted by Nortumbria Police during a day of action in South Tyneside. Officers were stopping and checking vehicles that could be used to carry scrap and ensuring those transporting metal had the appropriate waste carriers licence which is a legal requirement. A total of seven vehicles were stopped with no offences identified.

Local scrapyards and scrap metal dealers were visited to remind them of their responsibilities to make sure the origin of the metal they are being sold is genuine and their records are accurate. They were fully cooperative with police. Patrols were also carried out in areas known to have suffered from metal thefts in the past, along with covert activity and intelligence gathering on metal thieves. Building sites were given crime prevention advice to prevent them from becoming a victim of thieves.

Neighbourhood Inspector Peter Sutton said: “Metal theft is a national problem and is a concern for Northumbria Police.

“These thefts can have a huge impact on communities and effect people’s quality of lives costing householders and businesses dearly.

“As well as targeting those people we believe to be involved in metal theft, the day of action was also aimed at disrupting criminal activity to ensure people know we take these offences seriously.

“We continue to ask scrap metal dealers to be extra vigilant and ensure they’re complying with the law as they can play an important part in stopping metal thefts by making it even more difficult for offenders to sell on their stolen goods.

“The information and intelligence we gathered during this day of action can also be used as part of future police activity.

“I’d urge members of the public to continue contacting us should they see suspicious activity or vehicles which seem out of place so that we can take action.”


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