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Vehicles seized in Bexley as part of pre-planned operation

PUBLISHED: 14:46 08 April 2014 | UPDATED: 14:46 08 April 2014

One of the City Scrap London vehicles seized by Bexley Police. Photo Met Police

One of the City Scrap London vehicles seized by Bexley Police. Photo Met Police

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A total of 16 vehicles have been seized by police in a pre-planned operation to tackle metal theft offences across Bexley.

None of the vehicles had insurance, 15 were scrap metal collection vehicles - 11 of which belonged to a company called City Scrap London and all of its drivers have been reported for summons.

A Polish man, 26, has been bailed until April 16 after he was arrested for disqualified driving and possession of amphetamines.

Four other drivers have had their metal loads taken away for being unlicensed or having no records relating to the load.

Chief Inspector Andy Johnstone said: “Driving without insurance is an offence which affects everyone.

“The reality is that everyone who does insure their vehicles has to pay a significant premium to cater for those who can’t be bothered - this is simply unacceptable.

“The message to uninsured drivers is to get it sorted immediately.

“Otherwise we will seize your vehicle and prosecute you - it’s just a matter of time.

He also added: “The MPS will be continuing to run these operations across the Capital to make our streets safer, and to tackle scrap metal theft offences.”

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