Would be metal theives near Wells beware!

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By Tattva | Monday, March 26, 2012, 18:52

Avon and Somerset Police arrested eight people, stopped a burglary in progress and recovered metal and stolen property during a national week of action to target metal theft.

Estimated to cost the UK over £1 billion a year, metal theft is increasing nationally due to the global rise in metal prices. Whether it is cable, copper or lead theft the result is the same – disruption to everyday life and severe cost to the local and national economy.

In the Avon and Somerset area various metal items containing electronic tracking devices were deployed at key locations throughout the week, two of which were stolen in Somerset.

A vehicle, containing one of the stolen items, was remotely tracked travelling towards Shepton Mallet. Officers stopped the vehicle and identified the stolen property, which led to the arrest of two men, 37 and 21 on suspicion of theft.

Further items were also stolen from a separate location in the area, which were successfully tracked across the county and further enquiries led to an address in East Somerset, where a 47-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of theft.

Chief Superintendent Lawrie Lewis from the Operations Department said: "Tracking devices are just one of many tactics we employ to target and locate thieves and those who deal in stolen goods."

DI Simon Wilstead, who co-leads the Constabulary's Metal Theft response, said "Metal theft is increasing nationally and we are committed to dealing with it robustly. We take this type of criminality extremely seriously as the consequences don't just impact financially on communities and individuals, it can also put people's lives at risk.

"I want to reassure the public that our work regarding metal theft does not stop here." He added. "We will continue to proactively target thieves and handlers whose criminal activities impact on each and every tax payer, cause misery and inconvenience and put lives at risk."

The "Relentless on Metal Theft" operation will continue across the force area and police would like to hear from anyone who has information about illegal activity in their area. You can contact your local policing team by calling the new 101 number or you can report crime on-line by logging on to www.avonandsomerset.police.uk and clicking on the "Contact Us" tab.

Alternatively you can call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org they never ask for your name or trace your call.

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