Police plea to crackdown on metal thefts

New Inspector Geoff Carter at South Kirkby NPT
New Inspector Geoff Carter at South Kirkby NPT

POLICE are appealing for help to clamp down on the unlawful theft and sale of scrap metal.

The Express reported last month on a large scale county-wide operation which targeted several scrap yards across the district.

And last week Billy Moore, 30, of Kirkby Close, South Kirkby, was ordered to do 120 hours unpaid work and given a curfew after pleading guilty at Pontefract Magistrates’ Court to stealing copper piping from an unoccupied bungalow, off Westfield Lane, South Elmsall.

Insp Geoff Carter, of the South East neighbourhood policing team (NPT) said that metal theft is often a crime which is not reported to the police and appealed for people to get in touch with any information.

He added: “I look through all the crimes that happen across the area every day and I don’t get a vast amount of metal theft but that doesn’t mean it’s not happening.

“It fits into the category of offences that some people might not tell the police about. If you get burgled or someone steals your car, then you’d report it to the police because it affects you directly. But if someone takes something off your driveway, you tend not to report it.

“I would appeal for anyone with any information on people who are dealing scrap metal illegally or who are involved with the unlawful sale of scrap metal to get in touch. And as we do with any information we receive, we will act on it.”

Despite the appeal for more people to report metal theft, Insp Carter said that the number of incidents across the area were in line with national averages.

He said: “Metal theft is a national problem and the south east suffers the same as many as other locations across both the county and the country.”

Anyone with any information in relation to the unlawful theft or dealing of scrap metal should contact the South East NPT on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.