step up their battle against metal crime across Somerset
have been made and property seized as police in Somerset and across
the South West continued their clamp down on metal thefts.
across the region have been carrying out stop checks on commercial
vehicles and vans in an effort to identify stolen metal and disrupt
possible criminal activity.
vehicles have been seized and others issued with Fixed Penalty
Notices and prohibitions.
called for by police to further help in the fight against metal
theft, changes were made to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment
of Offenders (LASPO) Act in December 2012, which outlawed cash
transactions at metal recycling yards across England and Wales.
Tornado was introduced in June of last year and requires scrap
metal yards to ask anyone selling metal to provide I.D supported
by a utility bill to make it easier to trace sellers of stolen
measures, along with the proactive and intrusive approach the
region has taken since setting up a designated regional team,
has meant that the South West has seen a 50% reduction in metal
theft over the past 10 months. The picture is also positive nationwide
with the UK seeing a 47.3% reduction over the last year.
Mark Saunders, from Avon and Somerset Police, who is the South
West's regional lead in tackling metal theft, said: "Operation
Tornado and the recent legislation changes have really constricted
the market for thieves, particularly the more opportunist thief,
making it more difficult for them to sell on stolen metal and
easier for us to trace. The majority of scrap yards are legitimate
and compliant businesses who are working closely with us."
in the South West are reminding anyone taking metal to yards to
sell to ensure they take the necessary documents and proof of
I.D. to avoid being turned away and are encouraging the public
to alert their local police if they are not asked to provide appropriate
identification or are offered cash payment.
you have information about illegal activities in your area, you
can either contact your local policing team by calling 101.