Police hunt scrap metal thieves

Published:  27 May, 2011

SOUTH LAKELAND: Police have visited builders' merchants in area to combat a massive rise in scrap metal theft. The move follows an increasing trend in thefts of metal, particularly copper, from roofs, tradesman's vans and outbuildings.

In recent weeks there have been thefts of scrap metal in Kendal and last week thieves entered a warehouse and stoles boxes of brass valves and fittings worth £5000. Cumbria Police have been notified of 94 metal thefts in the south of the county since January this year, with stolen metals valued at £85 000.

"The price of metals is very high at the minute so it makes it quite a lucrative item to steal," Sergeant Bill Nolan, of Kendal Police told the West Moreland Gazette.

"Stealing scrap metal is flavour of the month at the moment... Once taken it is very difficult to catch because this is happening over such a large area."

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