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Police target illegal scrap metal sales in the county
ILLEGAL sales of scrap metal in Herefordshire have been targeted by police.
Officers visited a number of scrap yards in the county last week as part of Operation Tornado to ensure the sale of scrap metal remains legal and no anonymous sales are allowed.
“We have a good working relationship with our local scrap yards and vehicle salvage businesses and they have all signed a voluntary agreement with us not to allow the anonymous sale of metal,” said Sergeant Andy Scott.
“They will now keep a record of everyone they buy scrap off and will simply not buy from an individual if they cannot formally identify themselves.
“One of the main aims of this initiative is to stop people from making cash from the sale of stolen metal.
“Stopping the anonymous sale of metal should make it harder for thieves to get rid of stolen property and it will allow us to trace anyone who does sell something that is then connected back to crime.”