Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

ID SCHEME LAUNCHED; Plan Could End Metal Theft Blight

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

ID SCHEME LAUNCHED; Plan Could End Metal Theft Blight

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Byline: NAOMI CORRIGAN

POLICE are to launch a new scheme on Teesside as they look to tackle a 7% rise in metal thefts.

Officers acting under the Operation Tornado banner hope scrap dealers will support a new ID scheme after figures showed the "other thefts" category - which includes metal thefts - of Cleveland Police's records had risen.

There were 535 more crimes reported in that area between April and October than in the same period last year.

It means those selling scrap metal to dealers will now need to produce proof of identity. The scheme is due to start on January 3, will continue for six months, and could be extended if it proves successful. Detective Chief Superintendent Stewart Swinson, head of crime at Cleveland Police, said the pilot aimed to restrict the sale and movement of stolen metal - making it harder for metal thieves to make money by targeting communities.

"It is hoped the trial will remove unscrupulous dealers who operate outside the law," he added. …

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