Police target illegal scrap trading in Hitchin

Police officers and officers from North Herts District Council worked together to target metal theft

Police officers and officers from North Herts District Council worked together to target metal theft in Hitchin - Credit: Archant

Officers from Hertfordshire Police and North Herts District Council worked together to target illegal trading of scrap metal.

The multi-agency operation targeted those suspected of being involved in the theft of metal, as well as unlicensed scrap dealers.

During the afternoon of March 24 police officers were in Hitchin and were joined by North Herts Council officers.

They carried out 18 vehicle stops, seizing one vehicle for having no valid insurance and carrying too much weight.

Two further drivers were stopped and have been reported for being unlicensed mobile scrap collectors, and also for not have Waste Carrier’s Licences.

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During the morning officers were joined by East Herts Council officers.

The team positioned themselves on roads around Stapleford, East Herts. They carried out 35 vehicle stops, checking loads for stolen metal and other offences.

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Police and crime commissioner David Lloyd added: “It’s good to see that metal theft has reduced over the last year and, through partnership operations such as this one, the police are keeping the pressure on criminals. I have supported tough enforcement action on metal theft and unacceptable trading in stolen metal.

“I am also hoping to see more of this type of partnership approach across all areas of crime reduction and community safety. It makes sense to pool resources and work as a team to have an even bigger impact on crime and criminals.”

Inspector Bob McGowan, leading the operation, said: “Metal theft has been falling in the county over the last year and it is getting more and more difficult for criminals to buy and sell stolen metal. We carry out these operations on a regular basis to make sure that those dealing in scrap metal hold the correct licenses and are not dealing in stolen metal.”

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