|Operation ALLOY sees 18 vehicles seized in Tameside and Wigan
Eighteen vehicles have been seized in Wigan and Tameside* by officers working under Operation Alloy, GMP’s ongoing campaign to reduce metal theft.
Fourteen were confiscated for not being licensed or insured, four for not being taxed, and four motorists were also summonsed to court for various offences.
Working with the councils’ licensing units, the UK Border Agency and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, police ran checks on 197 vehicles, with 24 having prohibition notices served on them for defects.
Of those stopped, 59 were scrap metal collectors who were reminded of their obligations under the new Scrap Metal Dealers Act.
Police also issued 64 traffic offence reports for speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile while driving, defective tyres and driving without due care, and the UK Border Agency imposed a £5,000 fine on a haulier for immigration offences.
Superintendent Craig Thompson, GMP’s lead on Alloy, said: “There is still a common misconception out there that metal theft is a victimless crime, whereas it actually threatens public safety and causes misery, inconvenience and expense to communities and individual householders.
“I’m pleased to report that Operation Alloy is making real progress in the fight against metal theft, with 5,664 fewer offences in its second year than in the 12 month-period before it was launched in July 2011. This is a very encouraging trend, but we must remain vigilant as there will always be those who try to operate illegally and trade in stolen metal.”
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