More than £500,000 worth of stolen metals have been seized by officers across theEast in a joint operation involving our ports. Operation Chisel began atthe end of January to target metal theft in the region.
Containers were intercepted at Felixstowe port as well as Harwich and others across thecountry, as items were about to be shipped to West Africa, China, India and Northern Cyprus.
They seized over 500 liquid propane gas cylinders, cars, caravans and a large quantityof cable. Officers said it was clearly the work of serious and organised crime groups using this as a way to fund organised crime.
The police worked with the Border Force using intelligence on international smuggling to support the operation. The evidence collected over the past couple of months will now help officers make arrests.