Search

Police clampdown on metal theft

PUBLISHED: 16:28 04 February 2008 | UPDATED: 14:10 02 July 2010

POLICE have targeted scrapyards across the borough in an attempt to clamp down on the theft of metals like lead and copper. This type of theft was thrown into the spotlight recently when 23-year-old Grant Fuller fell to his death while trying to steal le

POLICE have targeted scrapyards across the borough in an attempt to clamp down on the theft of metals like lead and copper.

This type of theft was thrown into the spotlight recently when 23-year-old Grant Fuller fell to his death while trying to steal lead from a roof in Thames View.

Now police officers, accompanied by council licensing officers, have visited registered scrapyards to ensure they are not buying stolen materials.

Sgt Simon Berg, who led the operation, said: "There is a big problem with metal theft in the borough. The price of lead is very high, and some people are willing to put their lives at risk to get at it.

"We need to take steps like these to ensure there is no market for stolen goods such as this."

FOR FULL STORY SEE THIS WEEK'S POST


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Barking and Dagenham Post. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Barking and Dagenham Post