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Man arrested in week-long crackdown on metal theft

By Barnaby_B  |  Posted: May 21, 2012

A man has been charged with theft of lead in Lincoln.

The 28-year-old was spotted acting suspiciously in the early hours of the Friday morning by police officers in St Mary's Street.

The arrest comes following a week of operations by Lincolnshire Police to crack down on metal theft in the county.

Officers have been conducting vehicle stop-checks in Gainsborough and North Kesteven, targeting vehicles believed to be used to collect scrap.

Over two days, 28 vehicles were stopped and checked by officers and partner agencies. Two vehicles were recovered for having no insurance, two further vehicles were recovered after VOSA found them to be in poor condition and 14 other notices were served for vehicle faults.

Routine visits were conducted at county scrap yards to check their compliance with new identification measures that were recently introduced regionally to tackle metal theft.

Officers from Lincolnshire's Operation Brompton team joined forces with officers from the Nottinghamshire metal theft team to carry out searches at two scrap yards in Newark to look for stolen items and gather intelligence.

Anyone who wishes to report any suspicious activity or has any information regarding metal theft should call Lincolnshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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