Blitz on metal theft

Metal Watch campaign launch.

Metal Watch campaign launch.

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A CRACKDOWN on metal theft has been launched in Knottingley – a national cable crime hotspot.

Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team met community leaders for the launch of Metal Watch – a campaign to tackle metal thefts in the area.

Sgt Dan Tillett, of the NPT, said: “Wakefield police is carrying out some excellent work to tackle this problem and this was a good opportunity to highlight our efforts. The division is persistent in its pursuit of metal thieves and is continuing to work with partners to drive down offence and bring offenders to justice.”

NPT officers launched the blitz with Pontefract and Castleford MP Yvette Cooper and West Yorkshire Police Authority chairman Coun Mark Burns-Williamson at Knottingley’s Old Quarry Adventure Playground, which was hit by metal crime earlier this year.

Ms Cooper said: “The NPT is doing some great work to catch these mindless thieves who are even putting lives at risk.

“I want to see their work with scrap yards and on security marking spread to other districts too, but the police also need backing from the government on this. They need stronger powers to crack down on dodgy metal sales because it’s still too easy for thieves to sell stolen metal for cash and not enough questions are asked.”