Police raid businesses in metal thefts crackdown
Last updated at 14:41, Wednesday, 25 May 2011
COPS raided three businesses during a crackdown on scrap metal thefts.
An operation was launched after 20 such incidents across South Cumbria in the last 30 days.
The raids were carried out in conjunction with others across the county and in Lancashire and North Yorkshire yesterday.
Phase one of the operation started at 7am with stop and search checks on vehicles in Park Road, Barrow.
Over a two-hour period, 36 vans, lorries and cars were stopped by officers in an operation that was part of National Scrap Metal Day.
One driver received an on-the-spot fine for chatting on his mobile phone while a passenger in another car was given a fixed penalty notice for not wearing a seatbelt.
At 11am, Sergeant John McIntosh briefed 17 uniformed and CID officers and two Environment Agency representatives about part two of the planned operation – targeting Cooper’s Yard, in Park Road, Waste Recycling Group (WRG) in Walney Road and K and M Recycling Ltd in Schneider Road, all Barrow.
Sgt McIntosh explained why the operation was launched and said: “There have been 20 thefts of metal, mainly lead and copper, over the last 30 days in South Cumbria.
“We visited three sites in Barrow and as a result we went through their records and found no evidence that any of these sites were involved in processing stolen scrap metal. This is a good result as it shows local firms are doing things correctly.
“If anyone has any information about such thefts, then we would urge them to get in touch.”
Sergeant Mark Rawlinson was in charge of the early morning operation in Park Road as part of the long-running Operation Statue.
He said: “We stopped as many commercial vehicles as we could over a two-hour period.
“This allowed the Environment Agency to check first if any vehicle was carrying or had been carrying waste. They then checked if the vehicle was registered and if not, they offered advice and sent out application packs.
“From a policing point of view, we checked the vehicle for defects and that the drivers and vehicles had the correct documentation.
In the light of the recent scrap metal thefts, it also gives us an opportunity to check who is out and about and offer crime prevention advice.”
He added that a number of vehicles were given warnings and advice concerning minor traffic offences. If you have any information on metal thefts, contact Barrow police on 0845 3300 247.
First published at 10:49, Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
More Grange news
- Concerns over application for 68 new homes in Cumbria town
- Grange care home residents given month to leave (2 comments)
- Police appeal after Cumbria collision between car and pedestrian
- Work on multi-million housing development in South Cumbria under way
- Cumbria women invited to Dalton, Grange and Ambleside events to "change their lives"
- Look for elusive bird in Cumbria
- Supporters prepare South Cumbria lido Lottery cash bid (1 comment)
- Social media crimes in Cumbria on the increase
- Bizarre theft of Slimming World banner in Cumbria
- Cumbria businesswoman helps brave servicemen and women unwind
- UPDATE 2pm: 70 properties in Cumbria still without power
- Search is on to find a poster girl to be the face of Grange Lido campaign
- Heavy rain set to hit Cumbria today
- Icy conditions cause string of accidents in Ulverston and South Cumbria
- Bid to close ‘high risk’ Grange rail crossing
- Crowds flock to Grange Christmas lights switch-on
- 40 new affordable homes in South Cumbria (3 comments)
- Supermarket chain wants to open new express store in Grange (7 comments)
- Living wage move will give Grange workers pay rise
- More than 150 volunteers take on Grange green clean
- Grange man, 79, to stand trial for racially aggravated assault in Cumbria
- Car crash in Grange today (1 comment)
- Infrastructure expert attacks Grange houses proposal (4 comments)
- South Cumbria restaurant voted best in UK (4 comments)
- Action group could combat Grange flooding
Evening Mail homepage
ENERGY FOR LIFE 5.1k WALNEY FAMILY FUN RUN
Did you enjoy the Energy For Life 5.1k Walney Family Fun Run?
• Click here to pledge to take part in next year's event on September 2, 2012
- Email us
- Send us your pictures
- Send us your news
- Send us your views
- Staff contacts
- Advertise with us
- Family Notices
- Reader Travel
- Competition rules
- CN Letterbox
- Find It in Furness
- CV Link
- Online shop
- CN Research
- Eye Care Savings
- Halifax loans