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Metal Thieves Targeted in Yorkshire and Humberside

Metal Thieves Targeted in Yorkshire and Humberside

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 6:03am 28th February 2012.

Crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers has launched a pilot campaign to tackle the issue of metal theft across Yorkshire & Humberside, which costs the UK economy around £770 million per year.

The campaign is being run across the whole region, as well as in the North East of England, as the charity aims to fight the number of incidents occurring in the respective regions that are disrupting the local community.

Crimes reported across the region include the theft of manhole covers, lead from church roofs and the stealing of war memorials.

The aim of this pilot campaign is to increase the amount of information coming to Crimestoppers from the public about the theft of metal, with the view that further campaigns can be run in the future tackling larger scale metal theft affecting industries such as transport and communication.

Dave Hunter, Crimestoppers Regional Manager for Yorkshire & Humberside, 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, please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through a secure online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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