Police to target metal thieves in Gwynedd and
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
Wales Police on 101 or alternatively contact
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.