Police carry out stolen scrap metal swoop in north Kent
PUBLISHED: 15:38 29 July 2011 | UPDATED: 15:38 29 July 2011
A crack down on the scrap metal trade caught more than 20 drivers behaving illegally in a day of action this morning.
Officers were out in force from 6am this morning carrying out checks on commercial vans and lorries by the Dartford Crossing and also visiting scrap metal dealers across north Kent.
Inspector Trevor Keeble, who led the day of action, said: “Although North Kent has recently seen a drop in metal thefts, the rise in price of metal still makes metal items such as cabling, lead roof tiles and copper piping a highly attractive prospect for thieves.
“Over the last few weeks we have also started to notice a minority of thieves are now stealing push bikes to sell on as scrap metal too.”
Between January 1 and July 28 160 metal thefts have occurred in north Kent, 41 less than last year.
Road checks saw 20 fixed penalty notices issued for misdemeanours such as carrying hazardous materials without a license, carrying excess weight, not wearing a seat belt or using a mobile phone.
A van was also seized for being defective.
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