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Two arrested following recycling centre thefts
Saturday 17th October, 2009

Two people have been arrested after items were stolen from the grounds of a recycling centre in Orrell.

The Orrell (HWRC) household waste recycling centre, on Orrell Road, Wigan has been targeted over the last four months with offenders climbing over the perimeter fence.

A CCTV system now covers the area and the offenders have been caught on camera. Wigan Council Waste management team working with their Waste management contractor WRG Ltd and security contractor 'A plus security' have cracked down on those individuals involved in this dangerous and anti-social crime.

Police Constable Paul Dreha Community Beat Manager for the Orrell and Billinge areas said: "There are concerns that people are targeting the recycling centre to steal items, including batteries, toys, books, electrical items and any thing of value which they will try to sell.

"When people try to access the grounds illegally, they could be at risk of causing themselves serious harm."

A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of going equipped and being found on enclosed premises. He has been bailed until 24 November 2009 pending further enquiries.

A 49-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and was given a caution.

A Wigan Council spokesperson said: "Theft and trespassing on the HWRC sites within Wigan is taken very seriously any one caught on site will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, as this causes disturbance to the surrounding residents and environment. Members of the public need to be very careful buying items such as electrical goods that they suspect may have been stolen from one of the HWRC's as they may be dangerous and electrically faulty when plugged in".

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