Metal gates could have been among the items recovered as part of a national clampdown on metal thefts last week (October 28th), which involved police forces from all over the country.

Among those involved in the initiative were Greater Manchester Police, who visited 20 scrap yards as part of their investigations.

Rising international prices for metal have led to a spate of thefts, which have affected everyone from homeowners right through to churches and schools.

Many rail passengers have also seen their journeys disrupted due to the theft of train cabling.

Superintendent Craig Thompson from Greater Manchester Police commented: "Metal thieves cause untold misery and cost not only to large utility providers and volunteers that work to keep community facilities open but also to homeowners."

He revealed that elderly people aged between 80 and 101 recently suffered hardship after copper piping from a boiler was stolen from their care home.

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