Copper theft problem drops across Hampshire

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A LARGE drop in thefts of copper and catalytic converters across Hampshire has been welcomed by the MP for the Meon Valley.

There was a 41 per cent reduction in copper stolen across the Hampshire Constabulary area in the 2012/13 financial year in comparison with 2011/12.

Thefts of catalytic converters plunged 48 per cent over the same time period. There was a rise in lead thefts.

George Hollingbery recently met Hampshire Chief Constable Andy Marsh to discuss wider national policing issues and his concerns about rural crime.

He said: ‘These figures largely show that Hampshire Constabulary is getting to grips with tackling metal theft – an offence that has been a real scourge in my consistency along with other forms of rural crime.

‘The statistics come on the back of a very constructive meeting with Andy who made it clear that tackling rural crime and speeding in villages were a priority for the force and that is great news.

‘Although there has been an overall rise in metal theft this year due, I believe, to better recording, I’m still convinced the police are starting to win this battle.’