Arrests made in crackdown on thefts of scrap
OFFICERS from Avon and Somerset police took part in a South West operation targeting metal theft.
Police from five forces – Avon and Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire – carried out scrap metal yard searches, compliance visits and vehicle stop checks as part of an ongoing campaign last week.
Officers conducted a search warrant in the North Somerset area and further searches and stop checks across the rest of the area, leading to the arrest of a man near Wellington on suspicion of theft. Milk trolleys and 50 Calor gas bottles were seized from two sites. Scrap metal yards in the east of Somerset were also visited. During routine patrols, officers stopped a vehicle and a man was arrested on suspicion of theft. Two women and a man were also arrested in Bristol on suspicion of theft.
The day of action comes as part of the on-going cross border work being done following the launch of Operation Tornado, which was rolled out across the South West two weeks ago. As of the end of June anyone going to a yard to sell metal has been asked for evidence of identity. The aim is to make it easier to trace sellers of stolen metal.
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