Scrap yard inspection by Wolverhampton Police
19 June 2012
ONGOING work with scrap dealers by Wolverhampton Police is proving successful after four dealers passed spot checks last week.
The South East Sector neighbourhood policing team joined forces with Trading Standards to conduct spot checks at four scrap yards across Bilston and Wednesfield on Thursday 14 June.
The local neighbourhood teams have been working closely with scrap yard dealers for the last few months, raising their awareness and educating them on what is illegal for dealers to accept from the public.
Sergeant Ian Parnell, coordinator for the South East sector believes that this work is paying off.
He said: "I am really pleased with the positive response we have had from the dealers.
"The consultation sessions really have made a difference and after doing our four spot checks none of the dealers accepted metal that was illegal to sell on.
"Trading Standards have been working with us throughout this operation and a great deal of time has been invested in educating local scrap dealers about what metal they should not accept.
"We will continue to work closely with Trading Standards and the scrap yards and are committed to tackling this crime across Wolverhampton".
The checks follow on from a force wide initiative, Operation Steel, to tackle the theft and handling of stolen high-value metal across the West Midlands.
If you have any concerns about metal thefts in your area, visit our website at www.wolverhamptonpolice.org.uk to find out when your next neighbourhood meeting is, where you have the opportunity to speak your local officers about any concerns you may have.
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