New crackdown on metal thieves

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POLICE have launched Operation Tornado across the East Midlands in a bid to better regulate the scrap metal industry and restrict the movement of stolen metal.

Now anyone wishing to sell metal to participating scrap metal dealers must provide proof of their identity.

Chief Insp Sean Anderson, force and region lead for metal theft reduction, said: “The Force’s Metallica team has put in a lot of work over a number of weeks, visiting all 52 registered scrap metal dealers in Nottinghamshire to gain their compliance with the Operation Tornado guidelines.

“Fifteen have already signed up to the scheme, with most keen for reform.”