A campaign to cut metal theft has begun in the East Midlands.
Operation Tornado is a collective effort by the region’s five police forces and has been set up to better regulate the scrap metal industry and restrict the movement of stolen metal.
Scrap metal dealers are being approached by officers to sign up to the scheme, in which they must provide proof of their identity, such as a photo card driving licence or passport.
Those behind the scheme say the aim is to target “unscrupulous dealers” operating illegally.
Lord Henley, Home Office Minister for Crime Prevention and Antisocial Behaviour Reduction, said:
“Metal theft is a serious and growing national and international problem and the Government is working across departments, with law enforcement agencies and private industry on co-ordinated action to tackle it.
“We are working with the police and other law enforcement agencies on what immediate steps can be taken to better identify rogue metal dealers.”