POLICE have arrested a man in a crackdown on metal theft.
The 36-year-old, from Gosport, was quizzed in an investigation in our area carried out as part of Op Tornado.
He was later bailed pending further inquiries.
Stolen metal was seized from several sites in the area on Tuesday as the operation – piloted by the British Transport Police and some forces in the north east – was rolled out across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Op Tornado aims to make it easier to trace sellers of stolen metal and remove those dealers who operate illegal businesses.
Under the scheme people are required to provide proof of their identity including their current address when trying to sell scrap metal to dealers.
Inspector Jackie Willson said: ‘Metal theft is on the increase and these measures have already helped in the fight against crime by identifying those who have tried to peddle stolen metal.’
Safer Neighbourhood teams have visited scrap metal dealers as part of regular metal theft investigations, intelligence gathering and to encourage them to sign-up to the initiative in the run-up to the operation launch.