Nation-wide push to tackle metal thieves

Police and other agencies inspect one of the four scrap yards in the Calderdale area in relation to a day of action to target scrap metal thieves
Police and other agencies inspect one of the four scrap yards in the Calderdale area in relation to a day of action to target scrap metal thieves

POLICE in Calderdale joined officers across the country in a massive push to tackle metal theft.

In West Yorkshire, 13 arrests were made as part of the operation organised by the Association of Chief Police Officers and British Transport Police.

Detective Chief Inspector Mabs Hussain, from West Yorkshire Police, said: “Metal theft is an issue that has been raised as a major concern at our local community meetings and through the neighbourhood policing teams.

“It is an issue that has a direct impact on both people and businesses, whether it is thieves taking plaques marking the passing away of a loved one, or the ripping down of electricity cabling disrupting power supplies.

“This day of action, together with previous operations we have run demonstrates our continual commitment to tackle this type of crime.”

In addition to the arrests made, around 145 vehicles were stopped and checked, four vehicles were seized and 23 fines were handed out.

Around 45 scrap metal yards were visited and checked for any security-marked metals.

Detective Chief Inspector Hussain said: “One of the main solutions to the issue of metal theft is for members of the community to be our eyes and ears on the ground and to report any suspicious activity they see.”