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Successful operation to tackle metal theft in Poole

Dorset Police carried out a day of action to tackle criminals involved in metal theft and the disposal of stolen goods.

On Friday 9 May 2014, officers from Dorset Police, the Environment Agency, the Vehicle Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and the Borough of Poole staged stop-checks in Poole to target those involved in the illegal trade of scrap metal.

Officers also used the opportunity to provide education about the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 legislation, which requires dealers and collectors to be licensed by the local authority.

A total of 18 vehicles were stopped during the operation and illegal loads were seized from three vehicles.

Officers also issued one fixed penalty notice for no insurance and a second was given to a driver caught not wearing a seatbelt. Three prohibition notices were also handed out for a variety of other offences.

The day of action followed a previous initiative held in Dorset on Friday 28 February 2014, which saw 36 vehicles stopped and illegal loads seized from two vehicles.

Police Sergeant Adrian Thompson said: “The aim of the operation was to reduce the amount of metal stolen and sold at scrap metal dealers in Dorset. We also wish to educate people about the recent change in legislation and what it means to those involved in the scrap metal trade.

“I hope the operation sends out a very clear message that Dorset Police will deal proactively with those who fail to comply with the licensing regulations introduced in the recent legislation.

“There will be further operations of this type and I would urge anyone with information about the theft of metal or people making money from the illegal sale of scrap metal to contact Dorset Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

ISSUED: 12 May 2014