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Police forces working together to tackle metal theft

Police forces across the East Midlands are joining together to combat metal thefts. The problem costs local authorities hundreds of thousands of pounds every year.

In Nottinghamshire alone, there have been nearly two hundred thefts in the last month. But from today, anyone wishing to sell metal will have to carry identification so they can be traced.

Fingerprinting methods to avoid metal theft

Fingerprinting to avoid metal theft Credit: ITV Central

Plans to crack down on metal theft will see traders in Dudley being asked to supply fingerprints.

The system, a national first, will see scrap metal dealers across the area supplied with equipment to record the prints of customers.

The scheme has been pushed by officers at Dudley police.

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Twenty arrests in crack down on metal theft

Police say metal thieves use county borders to move stolen material and evade detection Credit: ITV Central

Twenty people have been arrested in the East Midlands as part of a crack down on metal theft.

Police say metal thieves use county borders to move stolen material and avoid detection.

A control room has been set up at Newark Police station to allow police forces to pool intelligence and resources.

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