Praise for £115k metal theft police operation

Police officers and staff from two regions collect their certificates for their part in Coast to Coast Tornado, the successful metal theft operation executed at the end of last year.
Police officers and staff from two regions collect their certificates for their part in Coast to Coast Tornado, the successful metal theft operation executed at the end of last year.

South Yorkshire police officers have been praised for their part in a metal theft crackdown that resulted in £115,000 of seized stolen goods.

Certificates were handed out to staff for their part in Coast to Coast Tornado, the successful metal theft operation resulting in a 39 per cent reduction of metal theft crime in the region.

Industry colleagues from organisations including Northern Powergrid and those from statutory such as HMRC were also commended for their specialist help and support during the operation.

Coast to Coast Tornado involved ten forces and resulted in 57 significant arrests linked to approximately £115,000 of seized suspected stolen goods.

Two-hundred and fifteen scrap yards were visited and 3,546 vehicles stopped and searched and 76 vehicles were seized.

The Yorkshire and the Humber region joined forces with the North West region to tackle metal theft across a slice of the country.

Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Co-ordinator, Acting Inspector Wayne Goodwin said: “The latest year end statistics show a reduction of almost 39 per cent in the Yorkshire and the Humber region compared with the number of offences in 2011/2012. These stats illustrate that our joint efforts in tackling metal theft is really beginning to show.”