Police need public’s help to stop metal theft

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HAMPSHIRE and Isle of Wight Crimestoppers has joined forces with colleagues across the region to tackle metal theft in the south east.

Police forces in the south east introduced Operation Tornado in an attempt to make it easier to trace anyone who sells metal to scrap merchants and help remove and prosecute dealers of stolen metal.

Metal theft is one of the fastest-rising crimes and costs the UK economy an estimated £770m each year.

Simon Hayes, chairman of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight branch, said: ‘In order to stop criminals continuing to disrupt our lives we all need to be proactive, vigilant and report our suspicions quickly.’

Insp Jackie Wilson, who co-ordinates Hampshire police’s response to metal thefts, said: ‘We still need intelligence from the public to tackle this crime from all angles and the Crimestoppers anonymous service provides a valuable tool to enable communities to provide information safely and free from fear.’

Contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.