Officers in second day of scrap metal crackdown

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POLICE officers in the city held a second crackdown to enforce new legislation on the illegal trade of scrap metal.

More than 30 officers from across the county were involved in the day of action yesterday, and stopped seven vehicles in Portsmouth belonging to mobile scrap collectors.

One driver was given a fixed penalty notice for not having an MOT.

Five drivers were given advice about the change in legislation and given leaflets about the new requirements, which are designed to make it easier to trace sellers of stolen 
metal.

An abandoned vehicle was also found by the roadside in the city.

It was identified as being stolen, and was recovered by officers.

Inspector Jackie Wilson, who is in charge of the operation, said: ‘The day of action was a good opportunity to stop mobile collectors of scrap metal and check their understanding and compliance with the new act.

‘The majority of drivers stopped were aware of the new legislation, although there was some confusion over what is required of them.’