Ten arrests in scrap theft probe

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TEN men from Hartlepool have been arrested by police in Yorkshire on suspicion of metal theft.

The men, aged between 19-34, were pulled over by police on a routine patrol on the A19 at Shipton by Benningbrough at 3am on Monday.

Officers from North Yorkshire Police stopped a drop-sided lorry and a Ford Transit van. They then found a large quantity of copper cables and pipes in the vehicles.

The men were taken to York police station, and have been released on conditional bail while police enquiries continue.

Superintendent Amanda Oliver, Safer Neighbourhood Commander for Hambleton and Richmondshire, said: “These arrests clearly demonstrates our commitment to front line and proactive policing across North Yorkshire and the City of York.”

Police in Hartlepool are running a campaign to try and clampdown on metal thefts in the town after claiming areas are being “dismantled” by crooks looking to cash in.

The Mail reported last month how Hartlepool was being systematically pulled apart by thieves with manhole covers, live electric cables and gas metres among a host of essential items being stolen.

Detective Chief Inspector Jon Green, of Hartlepool Police, said: “Reducing incidents of metal theft continues to be a key priority for officers in Hartlepool as part of Operation Guardian.”