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Should there be toughter sentencing for metal thieves?

Police officers are to stand guard at Hartlepool’s three scrapyards in a bid to snare metal thieves as part of a continued war against offenders.

Hartlepool has been hit hard by the rise in thefts of valuable metals from homes, businesses and streets.

Now two unusual operations have been launched simultaneously to curb those hell-bent on pulling the town apart to make quick cash by weighing in everything from lead from roofs and door handles to fences and cables.