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.
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.