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80% CVs stopped in police operation were overweight

  • 28 January 2014
  • By Hayley Pink

Lorries and vans suspected of transporting illegal scrap metal were targeted by Greater Manchester Police this week, with nearly 80% of those vehicles stopped issued with fines for being overweight.

Officers flagged down 24 vehicles and issued £3,800 in fines, comprising: 19 fixed penalties for being overweight; two traffic offence reports; and two summons for drivers not having insurance. However, no illegal metal was seized during the raid.

Two vehicles were seized for being driven uninsured, while a further four were immediately prohibited for defects.

A police spokeswoman told the swoop on HGVs was one of a series of methods used by the police to disrupt the trade of illegal metal, and that further crackdowns of this nature were in the pipeline.

It formed part of Operation Alloy, which was launched in 2011 to tackle increasing levels of metal theft, and has proven successful across the region, with a 78% reduction in criminal activity.

Superintendent Craig Thompson from the Operation Alloy team said: “Operation Alloy has seen some massive reductions in metal theft and as days like this show, we are committed to continuing our battle against this type of crime.

“Metal theft is far from being a victimless crime and it is our local communities that feel the effect of it. We’ve come a long way since the launch of the operation and will continue to disrupt offenders using every tool at our disposal.”


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