Police to target metal thieves in Gwynedd and Angleseycriemstoppers logo

12/11/2012

North Wales Police in Gwynedd and Anglesey are to target the theft of metal under Operation Mandamus.  In addition to warning the public and local businesses of the need to secure any metals and to report any suspicious activity they will also increase patrols around electricity sub stations and other premises where metals are concentrated.

 

PC Mark Penlington of North Wales Police at Caernarfon said “Following the rise in thefts from power stations, and particularly those in rural areas Police Officers in Gwynedd and Anglesey will focus additional patrols and observations to gather intelligence and apprehend offenders.   

 

“This type of crime effects us all and when electricity sub stations are attacked they often effect the whole community as power is interrupted.  In addition the actions of the thieves are totally reckless the possible consequences of their criminality could be fatal for what could be a relatively low value amount of metal”

 

The Operation also aims to encourage the public to report information to the police concerning metal theft if they see something unusual in their community.  This could be anything from unknown vans parked up in the area, to the arrival of unexpected workmen.

 

Over recent years the price of metal has risen considerably driven by global economies and increased demand.  Metal theft is now estimated to cost the UK economy around £770m every year.

 

PC Penlington concluded “If you see someone acting suspiciously around a electricity substation, telegraph poles or on a roof when they have no reason to be there, then they should contact North Wales Police immediately on 101.”

Anyone with information relating to metal theft or suspicious activity around power stations is asked to contact North Metal theft logoWales Police on 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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