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Motorway metal thieves caught on camera

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.


Thief caught down manhole pleads guilty

Man caught down manhole Credit: Barratts/S&G Barratts/EMPICS Archive

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.

Warnings over spate of metal thefts

One primary school in Coseley has been hit five times since November Credit: ITV Central

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.

Coventry man arrested following metal theft

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."


War memorials across Walsall to be restored with carbon fibre to deter thieves

Example of recent vandalism at Quarry Bank, Dudley Credit: ITV Central

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.

Example of recent vandalism at Quarry Bank, Dudley Credit: ITV Central

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 charged in connection with metal theft in Nottinghamshire

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.

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