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Crackdown on metal thieves operating across Staffordshire

Thieves taking metal across Lichfield and Burntwood are being targeted by police.

More than 100 vehicles were stopped across Staffordshire last week as part of Operation Amalgam.

The crackdown is part of Staffordshire Police’s initiative to cut metal and cable thefts.

Sergeant Donna Gibbs, who co-ordinated the operation, said:

“Operation Amalgam has been running for over two years in Staffordshire and is paying dividends. There has been a significant reduction in enforcement action needed as a result of regular checks taking place over several months.

“Metal theft is an international problem that can have significant effects on the local economy. We’re working closely with partners and the business community to drive down thefts and bring offenders to justice. This includes checking vehicles used by scrap metal merchants and working closely with scrap metal dealers. It’s pleasing that all seven metal dealers visited in the latest day of action were operating within the terms of their licenses.”

The day of action saw 104 lorries, vans and other vehicles stopped across the county. Four immediate prohibition notices – where unroadworthy vehicles were seized –  and 21 delayed prohibition or advisory notices were issued, together with  two vehicle defect notices and  one fixed penalty notice.

Further enquiries will be carried out with local councils in relation to waste carriage licenses for three of the vehicles. The premises of seven scrap metal dealers were also visited.

As well as roadside checks by the force’s Road Crime and Tactical Support teams, neighbourhood officers and PCSOs were on the look-out for suspicious vehicles in their communities.

Anyone with information on metal theft can call Staffordshire Police on 0300 123 4455 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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