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70k worth of wiring stolen
Friday 11th November, 2011

Up to 70,000 of wiring has been stolen from a Wigan firm.

Between 24 August 2011 and 27 October 2011, 1500 cases each containing six rolls of Thermocouple wire has been stolen from Thermal Hire LTD ; heat treatment specialists based at the Pagefield Industrial Estate on Miry Lane.

The company have offered a 10,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the successful arrest and conviction of the offenders.

Greater Manchester Police has also launched Operation Alloy to combat the growing problem of metal thefts across the county.

As part of this investigation, officers will be visiting scrap yards to warn against the dangers of accepting such wire, and make it difficult for the offenders to off-load the stolen wire.

Paul Dreha, from Wigan Police Station, said: "Across Manchester and other cities in the North West, metal theft is becoming an increasing problem.

"It is clearly a lucrative enterprise for criminals who attempt to sell the stolen metal onto scrap yards or other dealers and make a quick buck.

"However, this is not just about the money. Stolen wire affects every single one of us - it disrupts phone and transport networks, it puts businesses like Thermal Hire Ltd out of pocket and disrupts their work, costing them not just cash but also putting their entire company under pressure.

"That is why we all need to fight back against these sorts of criminals and why GMP has made tackling metal theft an absolute priority.

"I would urge anyone who has information about this theft to come forward and if what you know leads to a successful prosecution, you could find yourselves 10,000 better off."

Anyone with information should call Greater Manchester Police on 0161 872 5050 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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