Tyne & Wear

Crackdown on scrap metal thieves in North East England

Police in the north east of England have targeted thieves who deal in scrap metal.

Police said such offences were estimated to currently account for 25% of all theft offences.

Officers from Durham, Cleveland, Northumbria forces, and British Transport Police visited 47 scrap yards in a special operation.

They also checked vehicles carrying metal for valid waste operator's licences.

Police said one of the scrap yards visited, in Darlington, is to be prosecuted for failing to keep accurate records.

There was also a total of 10 arrests across the region mainly for theft and handling stolen goods.

Staff from Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs, the Environment Agency, the Vehicle Operator Standards Agency (VOSA) and a number of local authorities were also involved in the operation.

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