OPERATION Coin is rolling on in Northumberland – with police stopping and checking more than 1,200 vehicles in less than three months.
Officers are carrying out a whole range of actions to target metal thieves, from visiting scrap dealers to carrying out high visibility patrols on the main arterial routes throughout the county.
They have been stopping drivers and checking vehicles, their loads and the paperwork of those picking up and carrying scrap to make sure they are legitimate.
Since the operation was launched on November 10, 2010, there have been around 20 arrests as a result of roadside checks for offences which include theft, going equipped and burglary.
Police have seized property such as drain covers, scaffolding, large amounts of scrap metal and counterfeit DVDs.
DCI Peter Reeve said: “We’ve had an excellent response from the majority of the road users in Northumberland who are happy to support the police in tackling crime in the county.
“I make no apologies for the work we are doing – we’re not just going to let criminals come into Northumberland, take what they want and leave.”
Members of the public are being urged to help by contacting police on 03456 043043 (or 999 if it is an emergency) if they see any suspicious vehicles and/or activity.
Residents are advised to provide officers with as much information as safely possible such as registration numbers and the colour and make of any vehicles involved.