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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."

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