Police target metal thieves

South Yorkshire Police have launched Operation Tornado to impact metal thieves and better regulate the scrap metal industry.

South Yorkshire Police have launched Operation Tornado to impact metal thieves and better regulate the scrap metal industry.

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POLICE targeted metal thieves across the Dearne and made a number of arrests as part of an operation.

Almost 60 officers were out around the county visiting scrap yards and stopping vehicles as part of a national day of action on Wednesday, February 13.

Across the area, they stopped 150 drivers, made 11 arrests, visited ten scrap dealers and seized three vehicles.

Of the vehicles stopped and checked over, six motorists were given prohibition notices for not being road worthy, six were found not to have a licence for transporting metal and one was fined for using red diesel.

The vehicles were seized as the drivers did not have insurance.

Andy Kent, chief inspector of South Yorkshire Police, who coordinated the operation, said: “Working with scrap metal dealers and tackling metal theft is very much daily business for us now, however it’s good to dedicate resources to the issue on specific dates.

“The scrap metal industry is now better regulated with Operation Tornado and the new legislation and we work closely with partners across the industry.

“The public can help combat metal theft by reporting suspicious activity on 101 or calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”