Police carry out spot check on scrapyards

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POLICE took part in a national day of action to tackle metal thefts by carrying out spot checks on scrapyards.

Lincolnshire police carried out two spot checks and Leicestershire police, which covers Rutland, visited six sites.

About 20 officers, including representatives from BT, the British Transport Police, Eon and RAF Wittering, carried out a check at BW Riddle in South Fen Road, Bourne, at 8.45am on Wednesday

They searched the site and checked vehicles weighing in and lorries coming into the yard. Officers closed part of South Fen Road.

Police did not recover anything from the site.

The site manager, who co-operated with police, declined to comment.

Sgt Rachel Blackwell, who led the search, said: “We recognise that as the police we are not specialists in searching for certain types of metal, which is why we were working with other agencies who can zone in very quickly on what they are looking for.

“The day was part of a national commitment to combating the issue of metal thefts and unscrupulous dealers, who are receiving stolen goods.”

Officers later searched a site in Peterborough where they recovered copper cabling and military batteries. Inquiries are ongoing and no arrests have been made.

Of the six sites, visited by Leicestershire police nothing was recovered.