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A PILOT campaign has been launched to help tackle metal thieves in Northumberland.

Crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers is aiming to reduce the number of these incidents in the Northumbria area, which cost the national economy millions of pounds a year.

The scheme is looking to increase the amount of information coming into the organisation from the public about the theft of metal, with the view that further campaigns can be run in the future to address larger-scale metal thefts affecting industries such as transport and communication.

Crimestoppers regional manager Dave Hunter said: “Crimestoppers wants to encourage the public to fight back against the metal thieves who create severe disruption for local communities and cost millions to the UK economy.

“We want to scrap the metal thieves and the local public can help us to do this by passing on any information they might have on those committing this crime anonymously to Crimestoppers. We don’t want to know who you are, only what you know and you might even qualify for a reward.”

To pass on information about a metal theft incident, or any crime, contact the charity anonymously on 0800 555111 or through its secure online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org