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Arrests as police target travelling criminals in Powys

Ten people have been arrested as part of an operation targeting travelling criminals, say police.

The alleged offenders, from south Wales, have been accused of offences such as burglary and theft in four separate incidents in south Powys.

They were arrested as police patrolled isolated areas as part of the operation.

Those arrested have been bailed pending further inquiries, said Dyfed-Powys Police.

The arrests took place over three days between 30 September and 2 October, as rural police warned offenders they were not a "soft touch".

Two men from the Rhondda were arrested on 30 September on suspicion of a variety of burglaries.

'Soft touch'

On the same day, two men from Caerphilly were arrested over scrap metal offences, said police.

Three men and one woman were arrested at Ffrwdgrech Industrial Estate, in Brecon, on 2 October on suspicion of theft and burglary.

Meanwhile, two men from Tredegar were arrested on 2 October on suspicion of stealing slates after their car was spotted in Talybont-on-Usk, near Brecon.

Supt Huw Meredith said: "The arrests were the successful conclusion to a concerted effort to target criminals from other areas who come to Powys to commit crime.

"We regularly deploy resources around the county to support vulnerable areas, and criminals should note that our activity carried out means we are not a soft touch. Furthermore, when we catch these people we will do all we can to bring them to justice."

Supt Meredith said this sort of crime was rare in the area and burglaries fell by nearly 15% in the county last year.

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