Three new arrests in crackdown on metal thefts

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A FURTHER three arrests have been made as police continue their fight against metal thieves.

Three men, aged 19, 20 and 28, were arrested in Oxclose on Tuesday morning on suspicion of theft.

Officers also seized a vehicle, and scrap metal believed to have been stolen was also recovered.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Alan Pitchford, who covers the area, said: “Anyone suspected of being involved in stealing metal should be warned that we will continue to target them and they not only face being arrested but, if they are using a vehicle to transport the stolen goods, we will seize the vehicle.”

In January, police launched Operation Attest to combat the rising number of thieves snatching metal across the city.

Last week, a day of action saw police target thieves attempting to sell stolen metal to scrapyards.

A total of eight people were arrested across Sunderland.

A further three vehicles were also seized throughout the day.

During the 24-hour blitz, 20 vehicles and individuals were stopped and searched and a quantity of suspected stolen metal was seized.

On other occasions, police have teamed up with Trading Standards and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency to stop suspicious vehicles.

Anyone with any information about suspected criminal activity should phone Northumbria Police on 03456 043 043 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

All three of the men arrested have been bailed.