Crack down on metal theft
Police carried out checks at scrap yards in Laindon as part
of a national day of action against metal theft.
Above: Police visit scrap yard
Accompanied by officers from British Transport Police and BT,
police visited three scrap yards on Friday, October 28, 2011 to
make sure their books were in order and to deter criminals
from trying to sell on stolen metal.
The day of action forms part of Operation Bodmin, a long term
crack down on metal theft carried out by Laindon neighbourhood
Sgt Paul Costin from the team said: "Metal theft is a growing
national crime problem, and we have suffered recently across
Basildon at the hands of these thieves. By ensuring that scrap
yards have their books in order and they work with police, we can
make sure that thieves do not have anywhere to sell on their
"We have a very good relationship with the scrap metal dealers in
this area and I thank them for their assistance in helping us make
inroads into this crime problem.”
As part of the operation, scrap metal dealers are given
photographs of people who have been convicted of metal theft
so they can contact police if they try to sell them
In the week running up to the day of action, a total of
ten people in the area were given warning letters after
police checks revealed they had given incorrect information to
scrap yards they sold metal to.
It is an offence to furnish a false name or address in
contravention of the Section 5 (2) of scrap metal dealers act 1964
and the ten people have been advised that if they commit this
offence again they could face prosecution.
Insp Nick Brook from British Transport Police accompanied the
Laindon officers on the day of action. He said: "We have been
working with Essex Police to crack down on metal theft. We want to
ensure that the scrap metal environment is a highly policed one and
this day of action has hopefully sent out a strong message that we
will deal with such offences robustly.”
Chief Superintendent Paul Brogden of British Transport Police
added: "Thankfully, the number of metal recyclers willing to take
in dodgy metal is small – with the vast majority of businesses in
the industry happy to work with police to put an end to the trade
in stolen metal.
"Those who continue to buy and sell stolen metal are on our radar
and they can look forward to many future visits from British
Transport Police and our colleagues in other police forces.
"Metal theft in any form is an attack on communities, but when
thieves target the railway they often have a significant impact on
travellers in the shape of delays and cancellations caused by
severed power or communications cable.”