Tough new penalties on people who steal or sell metal from war memorials come into place today.
Five men have been jailed for a total of 11 years and 9 months for stealing £1.5 million of track and railway sleepers.
A man has appeared in court accused of stealing more than 600 metal drain covers in the Midlands, worth £155,000.
Two men who pretended to be motorway maintenance workers to steal metal piping from a section of the M6 were caught on a police helicopter camera.
They can be seen getting out a white van near junction 8 and loading it up with steel pipes.
It happened at rush hour on January 15th.
The pair wore high visibility clothing and had an amber roof-top light on their van, in a bid to try and con the authorities and Highways Agency into thinking that they were legitimate workers.
However, CCTV operators became suspicious and called the police.
A police helicopter captures the moment they were caught.
The men aged 59 and 19 from Wolverhampton admitted theft and were ordered to complete 140 hours of unpaid work and £430 in fines.
A man caught stealing metal cable down a manhole in Rowley Regis admitted theft when he appeared in court.
The 20-year-old pleaded guilty at Sandwell Magistrates Court after being arrested on Wednesday (3 April).
He was caught when a BT repair man was called to fix a broken line. He removed the manhole cover, heard a noise and rang the police who caught him climbing out of the hole.
Residents in a West Midlands town are being warned by police to look out for metal thieves after a spate of thefts.
One primary school in Coseley has been hit five times since November. Lead has been ripped from roofs and windows, causing thousands of pounds of damage.
A 20-year-old man is being questioned over a large-scale metal theft that threatened the future production at a major supplier to the World Rally Championship.
Thieves broke into Cobra Seats in Telford on the weekend of 13-14th October, stealing around 4000 recliner mechanisms for rally seats.
The theft put the company in jeopardy of around £400,000 worth of production.
Gordon Roberts, Detective Inspector, West Mercia Police, said: "The stolen components are believed to have been sold on for just £760 - a fraction of what the parts were worth to Cobra. Unfortunately, the parts have not been recovered."
Tens of thousands of pounds are to be spent restoring war memorials in Walsall to their former glory, after metal thieves have stripped many of them of metal plaques.
The restorations will be completed using material deemed worthless by metal thieves in an attempt to deter further vandalism or theft.
Work will start in the borough of Walsall, replacing railings, and metal seats with new information plaques made from carbon fibre.
There will also be further security to deter criminals who target war memorials, strip the metal plaques and sell them as scrap metal.
Four people have been charged in connection with a number of incidents of metal theft in Nottinghamshire.
The four, all from Doncaster, were arrested in connection with two incidents of lead theft from All Saints Church in Misterton in August last year and the theft of power cabling from sites in Misson and Clarborough in August and September last year.
Ian Bonson, aged 27, of Wood View, Aiden Gittens, aged 19, of Castlewell, Lee Jones, aged 20, of Cliff View, and Emma Jones, aged 28, of Roberts Avenue were today (Tuesday 17 July 2012) charged with conspiracy to steal. Emma Jones was also charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Detective Sergeant Chris Hearn says it was one of the biggest investigations he has ever worked on, and the men sentenced for stealing railway lines and sleepers had no care for the railway whatsoever.