Morley police crack down on metal thefts
People dealing in scrap must make sure they have the correct documentation otherwise they may feel the long arm of the law.
Morley Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) officers have been carrying out another road policing style operation stopping and checking scrap dealers.
Officers stopped six flat back wagons travelling in Morley and checked them to ensure they were roadworthy, had the legal documentation and that they were not carrying stolen metals.
A fixed penalty ticket was also issued to one driver who was making a phone call whilst he was driving.
Insp Paul Sullivan, who leads Morley NPT, said: “Since we have been running these operations metal thefts in Morley, which includes the theft of things such as bikes, garden items, gates, fencing and road grates, have reduced by over 50 per cent.
“People involved in collecting metal have to be insured for transportation of minerals which is 10 times more expensive than domestic insurance.
“They also have to be registered with the Environment Agency and the vehicle itself has to be fit to carry heavy loads.
“If you see a flat back wagon floating round residential streets, note the registration and send it to us to check out.”
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