Officers aim to fight scrap metal theft in Bourne

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Police and council officials clamped down on scrap metal offences during an unannounced day of action.

Lincolnshire officers were joined by South Kesteven District Council staff at a vehicle stop point in South Fen Road, near BW Riddle, Bourne, on May 19.

Their aim was to target any scrap metal licencing offences, recognise any unlicensed traders, and check how payment for goods was being made and accepted.

Number plate checks were also carried out on scrap metal vehicles, and officers discussed metal theft with yard owners and traders.

Stamford community beat sergeant Leanne Carr said “We are still actively involved in dealing with scrap metal related offences because they have wide-ranging repercussions.

“These include the effect on individuals and communities whose local environments have been affected by fly-tipping, not to mention the fact that offences around scrap metal can be linked to metal theft which can affect people’s homes and businesses.

“This, of course, ripples out and can have a wider effect on both local and national economy.

“We want to make it clear that the police will continue to work with our colleagues in partnership agencies in targeting scrap metal crimes and related offences.”