POLICE have been striking back against scrap-metal thieves.
Officers have teamed up with BT, Network Rail and other agencies to visit metal dealers all over West Yorkshire.
And they are warning dodgy dealers that their points of disposing of stolen scrap will be cut off, leaving them with nowhere to sell it.
A day of action saw 36 waste traders checked, four arrests made on suspicion of drugs offences and theft from a shop and 114 vehicles stopped and checked.
Chief Inspector Maboob Hussain, from the force’s local policing department, said: “Theft of metal has been an increasing problem nationally and we are pleased to have been taking part in this latest national initiative to combat the problem.
“The issue costs the British economy millions of pounds each year, with some thefts causing widespread disruption to transport and endangering lives.
“It also has a personal impact on many people, when metal such as plaques from graveyards are stolen.
“Working together on initiatives such as this will put pressure on those who are stealing metal in the first place and also on unscrupulous scrap metal dealers.
“Officers across the force will remain pro-active in tackling the issue.
“Metal thieves should be warned that we will continue to ensure that the disposal routes through scrap metal dealers will be cut off.
“I would still urge the public to help be the eyes and ears of the police and report any suspicious activity via the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.”