Hampshire police pledge to crack down on scrap rogues

One of the seven stolen signs from the Isle of Wight. Picture: Hampshire Constabulary

Warning over fears stolen vintage signs worth £1,400 could be sold in Portsmouth

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POLICE are cracking down on anyone suspected of stealing scrap metal after a spate of thefts across Portsmouth.

Working with Portsmouth City Council and the Environment Agency, officers targeted vehicles and premises in the north of the city on Wednesday.

Six units conducted checks on licenses, along with what was being carried or stored. As a result three vehicles were taken off the road, one of which had no insurance. Owners of 10 vehicles were given seven days to produce a waste carrier’s licence and one driver was reported for fly-tipping.

Superintendent Norman Mellors, said: ‘Acting on intelligence from within the community, the police and partner agencies were able to target offenders and prevent the disposal of stolen property. The message is clear to criminals, if you commit offences in the wider Portsmouth City area, you will be arrested swiftly and brought to justice.’