POLICE carried out spot checks at scrap dealers in Chesterfield and seized a car as part of an action day to target metal theft.
Officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood team were joined by Environmental Agency workers to carry out checks on vehicles visiting two local scrap yards on Monday, February 6.
Dozens of vehicles were stopped and checked for stolen property and to ensure the drivers had the correct waste carrier licenses as part of the initiative to tackle the growing problem of theft of metal such as copper, lead, iron and steel.
As a result a Mitsubishi Shogun was seized for not being insured and the owner has been reported for summons to court for driving offences.
Merchants were also spoken to about reporting suspicious behaviour to the police and ensuring they are adhering to their licenses.
Acting sergeant Kara Butler, who ran the action day, said: “This action day is part of a continued pro-active effort across Derbyshire to tackle the theft of metal.
“We would like to encourage merchants to work with us by reporting any suspicious people visiting their yard so we can stamp out this growing crime.”
If you have any information about metal theft in your area contact Derbyshire police on the non-emergency number 101.