Arrests in metal thefts crackdown

POLICE made 10 arrests during their week long crackdown on metal thefts in the East Midlands, including one in Louth.

Operation Brompton was carried out between March 5 and 9 and saw 60 vehicles stopped and searched.

A man was arrested and charged after stealing seven rolls of lead worth £650 from a building material suppliers in Louth.

Sgt Sgt Mark Gee of Lincolnshire Police said: “The regional week of action has proved to be a success and we will continue to work closely with our colleagues from the other regional forces.

“Metal theft is a priority to Lincolnshire Police and we will continue to target persons involved in these offences and deal robustly with any offenders.”

During the week 13 scrap yards were visited and one was searched with partner agencies but no offences were reported.

Police seized eight vehicles sfor no insurance and drivers were dealt with for relevant motoring offences. There was one arrest on warrant for failing to appear in court as a result of a stop check and 142 vehicles had catalytic convertors marked.