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Police launch fresh operation to crack down on metal theft

Police Checks: Dunton Bassett: A426 Leicestershire Police and other agencies doing roadside checks on traders to look for scrap metal thefts. 
L-r PC Sam Bennett organiser of the day of action,  Vicky Jennings (HM Courts and Tribunal Service) , Mervyn Tongue (Environment Agency) 
Tuesday 3rd  December 2013

Police Checks: Dunton Bassett: A426 Leicestershire Police and other agencies doing roadside checks on traders to look for scrap metal thefts. L-r PC Sam Bennett organiser of the day of action, Vicky Jennings (HM Courts and Tribunal Service) , Mervyn Tongue (Environment Agency) Tuesday 3rd December 2013

A crackdown on metal theft saw almost 80 vehicles stopped at a check point in Dunton Bassett as part of a county-wide operation.

Officers from Leicestershire Police also visited eleven scrap metal dealers to mark the introduction of new laws designed to halt the rise in metal thefts.

Of the 79 vehicles stopped on the A426 at Dunton Bassett on Tuesday last week, 13 drivers were issued with tickets for a range of traffic offences, while Leicestershire Trading Standards officers issued 11 warnings for minor offences.

The Environment Agency, who were also involved in the operation, gave out four waste license packs.

Under the new Scrap Metal Dealers Act, cash transactions at metal recycling yards have been banned and heavy fines for dealers who break the rules have been introduced.

Dealers are subject to a more rigorous licensing regime, and greater powers to shut down unlicensed yards are in force.

No scrap metal offences were uncovered during the operations, though police in Hinckley recovered property they believed to be stolen.

Det Insp Steve Durrant said: “It was a very productive day and sent out a strong message to people who deal in scrap metal that our powers have been strengthened.”

 

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