Signs that have been converted to plastic.
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Metal thieves foiled with plastic substitutes

Scrap metal thieves are costing the British economy hundreds of millions of pounds a year.

As the price of copper and other metals has rocketed, street signs, manhole covers and even memorial plaques have been unscrewed and taken away to be melted down.

But it is not just street furniture which is being stolen for scrap.

The BBC's Graham Satchell reports.

  • 13 Feb 2012
  • From the section UK
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