Joint police operation targets theft of scrap metal

15 November 2012 14:10

Joint police operation targets theft of scrap metal

Police officers from Warwickshire and West Midlands forces were involved in a day of action on Tuesday, November 13, to crack down on metal theft across the region.

This was the second part of a two day, intelligence led operation which saw officers visiting scrap metal dealers and using ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) to identify vehicles of interest.

The operation focussed on the Toll Bar island area and as well as the two police forces it involved the Environmental Health Agency, the Road Fuel Policing Unit, VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency), Trading Standards, British Transport Police and Smartwater officers.

Officers executed a search warrant for theft at a business in the area.

One man was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen property and a number of car engines, some of which were stolen, were recovered.

The 49 year old man from Coventry was taken into custody for questioning and later released on police bail pending further inquiries.

During the operation 42 vehicles were brought in for examination.

There were seven immediate prohibition notices and one delayed prohibition notice issued; three vehicles were seized for having no insurance; two £500 fines issued in relation to red diesel; three endorsable fixed penalty notices issed for tyre offences; and one person was arrested for drugs offences.

PS Stuart Powell, on behalf of Warwickshire Police, said: "Metal theft continues to be a big problem across the region.

"The purpose of this operation was to crack down on the criminals who are responsible for it, and send out a message that we will find them and take action.

"One man has been arrested on suspicion of handling stolen property, some of which has been recovered, and we will continue to take action to bring anyone responsible for metal theft to justice."

Note to editors:

There were 335 metal theft offences reported in Warwickshire between April and August.

Anne Tugwell

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