Police appeal as stolen copper found in Waterlooville by officers

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POLICE have launched an appeal for information after stolen copper was found in Waterlooville.

Officers need help in identifying the owners of the copper, which was found in Wecock Farm in the early hours of June 6.

Police say patrolling officers identified a van which contained copper that was apparently stolen.

The contents included a sack of cut cables and three large coils believed to be from a transformer supplying a factory or commercial premises.

A 19-year-old man from Waterlooville, a 20-year-old man from Southsea, and a 23-year-old man of no fixed abode, were arrested in connection with the incident.

They were bailed pending further inquiries to report back to police on August 31.

Police staff investigator David Leonard said: ‘The copper shows every sign of being stolen from a commercial premises.

‘The scrap value is considerable but is far outweighed by the cost to repair and replace damaged equipment, together with the inconvenience of those using the site.

‘It is possible the copper was stolen from a site away from the Waterlooville area.’

In June, Hampshire Constabulary launched Operation Tornado in an attempt to cut metal thefts in the region and remove dealers who operate illegal businsesses.

Anyone with information should contact PSI David Leonard at Waterlooville police station on 101.

Information can be given anonymously by calling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

Mini-Com users can call the police on 01962 875000.