A major clampdown has been undertaken by Gloucestershire Police on the theft of metal gates
and other valuable materials.
On November 22nd, police arrested three people, stopped around 40 cars, seized various stolen items and visited 24 dealers of scrap metal.
Metal theft has become a growing problem across the region, as there were 832 incidents between April and October, marking a 60.6 per cent rise on the same period of last year.
"These crimes have an impact on the whole community, causing disruption to everyday life and heavy cost to the local and national economy," commented PC Tim Griffiths.
He revealed that the most commonly stolen scrap metals are copper, aluminum, lead, brass and bronze, which have all risen dramatically in price over recent years.
The metals are sought from a range of sources, including railway cables, lead used as roofing material and catalytic converters from cars.
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