Metal theft campaign hailed

A POLICE force has been hailed for its campaign to combat metal thefts.

Durham Police Authority has congratulated Durham Constabulary for its commitment to drive down metal crime.

In a report to the authority’s partnership and engagement committee, members discussed the force’s current plans to tackle metal theft, identified as a key threat to force performance, with thefts accounting for around 20 per cent of all inquisitive offences and 10 per cent of overall crime.

The police are addressing metal thefts issues across the North-East by working in partnership with Northumbria and Cleveland police forces as well as community and corporate partners.

An intelligence-led operation earlier this month resulted in a number of arrests at targeted scrap yards across County Durham and Darlington.

Authority chairman Peter Thompson said: “The recent approach to tackle metal theft locally is just one example the constabulary is continuing to drive down crime, to ensure that the residents of County Durham and Darlington have confidence in the knowledge that they live in one of the lowest crime areas in the whole of the United Kingdom.”