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Bexley police clamp down on illegal scrap metal dealers

PUBLISHED: 15:55 10 December 2012

Bexley police visit a scrap metal yard

Bexley police visit a scrap metal yard

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Bexley police visited joined forces with British Transport as new legislation came into place to clamp down on illegal scrap metal dealers.

Officers visited scrap yards across the borough to educate dealers about changes to the law last week.

Borough commander Ch Supt Victor Olisa said: “We welcome this new legislation which aims to remove the rewards that make metal theft such a low risk criminal enterprise, both for thieves and unscrupulous scrap metal dealers.

“The operation is in response to the new legislation and officers visited Bexley’s scrap yards to inspect their yards and transaction books.”

During the operation a 34-year-old man was arrested for failing to keep accurate records and on suspicion of handling stolen goods after approximately 200 gas cylinders were found inside a shipping container.

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