Police’s swoop on yard

POLICE swooped on a scrap yard as part of a regional crackdown on metal-related crime.

Officers swooped on the Pout and Foster yard in Mainsforth Terrace, Hartlepool, this morning as part of an investigation into alleged money laundering.

They also targeted a home in North Yorkshire, which is said to be linked with the business.

Police have been clamping down on the metal trade nationally in a bid to stop l Turn to Page 4

profiting from stolen items such as roof lead and train cables.

Durham Constabulary were expected to be carrying out three simultaneous raids on scrap metal dealers as part of the day of action.

Detective Inspector John Chapman, of Hartlepool Police, who headed todays team of 40 Cleveland officers, said: “Ten scrap yards have been targeted across the North East this morning.

“It is the culmination of investigations that have gone on for a number of months looking into the profits made through suspected stolen metal.”

It comes as brazen thieves took apart a car and a greenhouse and carried them out of an allotment.

The glass structure and an old, yellow Austin Maestro car were stolen from a plot in Thornhill Gardens, off Hart Lane in Hartlepool.

They are said to have been dismantled before being lifted from the site between Wednesday, January 11, and Friday, January 13.

Police are now appealing for any witnesses or people with information about the incident to come forward.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “Thieves dismantled and stole a greenhouse and an old yellow Maestro car was also taken apart and stolen.”

Anyone with information or any witnesses are asked to contact PC Simon Lowther, of Hartlepool Police, on (01642) 302110 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.