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Police arrest 18 in scrap metal raids

Eighteen people have been arrested during morning raids as police clamp down on metal theft in Essex.

In a joint operation with British Transport Police, officers from the Kent & Essex Serious Crime Directorate executed search warrants at nine scrap metal yards across the county including Witham, Chelmsford, Basildon and Southend.

As well as recovering a quantity of items, including stolen property officers have so far arrested 18 people in connection with theft and the handling of stolen property.

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£500,000 of stolen metal recovered

Operation Chisel was set up to target metal theft in the region. Credit: ITV Anglia

Morethan five hundred thousand pounds worth of stolen metals has been seized byofficers across the East in a joint operation involving our ports.

Operation Chisel has beenrunning since the end of January and was set up specifically to target metaltheft in the region. It's not only a costly problem for businesses but ithas been known to cause huge inconvenience.