Crackdown on scrap metal theft in Lancashire

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MORE than 350 officers from British Transport Police have taken part in a crackdown on stolen metal.

Inspector Dave Rams said: “With new legislation making it much easier to trace thieves at the point of sale of stolen metal we switched our attention to the methods used to transport the material.

This was a huge undertaking and we worked closely with several industries, as well as agencies such as HMRC, Environment Agency, Network Rail and UK Border Force, to build a clear intelligence picture of how stolen metal is moved on.”

During the week northwest officers visited more than 150 scrap metal recycling yards and stopped more than 2,300 vehicles.

During the same day of the operation, officers seized more than 350kg of BT cabling which, enquiries have revealed netted the thief around £450, but would cost more than £10,000 to reinstate on the communication network.

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9:22pm Tue 11 Dec 12

woolywords says...

1. Change in legislation to prevent cash payouts from scrapyards, forcing customers to give bank details and identification with a photo taken of the seller, as is done in many other places where goods are sold on.
2. Any person caught in possesion of scrap metal without authority, given 12 months imprisonment, using current legislation, no excuses.
3. Any vehicles used in transporting stolen metal to be impounded then crushed, as can be done under current legislation.

350 man hours at how much to the taxpayer, in a time of austerity.
Stop shilly-shallying about and do something positive for a change. Am certain that if we were to start blowing raspberries at policemen the law would be changed within a week, why not this one?
Where's that new Police Commissioner when you want something done around here? Busy glad-handing around the local big-wigs no doubt, with neither a jot nor care about getting down to making the difference that the position was supposed to do for the common man. "I shall be coming to Blackburn, Burnley, Nelson, Rawtenstall and the rest of East Lancashire soon", he said, minutes after being elected. What's he doing?
Wouldn't take me this long to walk from Lands End to Blackburn!
Pathetic politicians.
1. Change in legislation to prevent cash payouts from scrapyards, forcing customers to give bank details and identification with a photo taken of the seller, as is done in many other places where goods are sold on. 2. Any person caught in possesion of scrap metal without authority, given 12 months imprisonment, using current legislation, no excuses. 3. Any vehicles used in transporting stolen metal to be impounded then crushed, as can be done under current legislation. 350 man hours at how much to the taxpayer, in a time of austerity. Stop shilly-shallying about and do something positive for a change. Am certain that if we were to start blowing raspberries at policemen the law would be changed within a week, why not this one? Where's that new Police Commissioner when you want something done around here? Busy glad-handing around the local big-wigs no doubt, with neither a jot nor care about getting down to making the difference that the position was supposed to do for the common man. "I shall be coming to Blackburn, Burnley, Nelson, Rawtenstall and the rest of East Lancashire soon", he said, minutes after being elected. What's he doing? Wouldn't take me this long to walk from Lands End to Blackburn! Pathetic politicians. woolywords
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10:08pm Tue 11 Dec 12

notac says...

No 1 on your list is already in place.

Agree with 2 and 3

Fail to see what this has to do with the Police commissioner!
No 1 on your list is already in place. Agree with 2 and 3 Fail to see what this has to do with the Police commissioner! notac
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8:17am Wed 12 Dec 12

gutterpress says...

Anyone noticed an increase in the gypsies forcing open the back street gates in Darwen and going into peoples' back yards to steal metal?
Anyone noticed an increase in the gypsies forcing open the back street gates in Darwen and going into peoples' back yards to steal metal? gutterpress
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12:46pm Wed 12 Dec 12

woolywords says...

PCC's job description, according to Home Office.

http://www.homeoffic
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By that you will learn that he is responsible ensuring that resources are effectively deployed on tasks that produce results.
PCC's job description, according to Home Office. http://www.homeoffic e.gov.uk/police/poli ce-crime-commissione rs/public/what-is-pc c/ By that you will learn that he is responsible ensuring that resources are effectively deployed on tasks that produce results. woolywords
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