Officers and staff carried out visits to three licensed scrap metal dealers in south Wiltshire today as part of a county-wide focus on metal thefts.

PC Megan Peroni, from Wiltshire South Community Policing Team, has been working with the area's Community Co-ordinators to tackle the issues around metal thefts, including lead thefts from churches.

This morning (17/10), following briefings at Bourne Hill Police Station, multi-agency teams, which included representatives from the police, Wiltshire Council and the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit's Disruption Team, visited three sites.

The visits were carried out to ensure that operating businesses were accountable, legitimate and maintaining accurate records and, positively, all dealers were found to be compliant.

PC Peroni said: "We know that our communities, particularly our local churches, are concerned about metal thefts and we hope this shows some of the proactive work we can do to help.

"These multi-agency visits are a great way to build relationships with scrap metal dealers, check they are acting within the law, and gain information about potential crimes being committed in the area.

"We will continue to work with our colleagues from other agencies to ensure the dealers in this area are compliant with the relevant legislation and know how to report any concerns they may have about people trying to sell suspicious scrap metal."

This type of work forms part of Operation Apollo, which is our Rural Crime Team's response to heritage crime - the offences which harm heritage assets and their settings ie churches.

Anyone with information or intelligence about metal theft should report their concerns to police via 101, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.


Published at 3.10pm on Thursday 17 October 2019.

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