People bailed after scrapyard police raid

More than 30 people have been bailed pending further inquiries as part of a police operation targeting metal thefts across north-east England.

Northumbria Police arrested 21 people, Durham Police arrested 13 people and Cleveland Police arrested three people, all on suspicion of money-laundering.

Scrapyards in Newcastle, Sunderland and Darlington were among those searched on Wednesday.

More than £260,000 was seized in the operation.

The raids followed a pledge by the forces to work more closely to stem rising incidents of metal thefts from places such as railway lines and power stations.

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