South Scotland

Lothian and Borders metal theft operation arrests made

Lothian and Borders Police have arrested 16 people as part of an operation to tackle the theft of metal and heavy plant equipment.

Operation Adamant was launched across Edinburgh, the Lothians and Scottish Borders.

Police have been carrying out high-visibility patrols in areas where plant material is used and stored.

Community officers have also been checking for suspicious activity at addresses where metal is kept.

Police said the main focus of the operation was to prevent thefts occurring.

Officers have been identifying potentially vulnerable sites in order to offer advice to residents and businesses.

A police spokesman said: "The theft of metal causes significant damage to properties and can have massive financial implications.

"This was not a one-off operation and Lothian and Borders Police will continue to work alongside our communities to ensure businesses and local residents are equipped with all the necessary information to prevent metal thefts in their area.

"Anyone who is identified as making a financial gain through the theft of metal or plant equipment will be robustly dealt with."

All of those arrested in connection with the alleged metal thefts have appeared at court.

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