From today cash payments for metal at scrap recycling yards will be outlawed under new laws aimed at cutting metal theft. In recent years thieves have targeted churches, railways and even war memorials.
Police estimate metal theft costs the UK economy more than £700 million a year. Phil Brewster reports.
More top news
Police have launched a major search for a mother from Newark who is wanted on suspicion of abducting her two sons.
Relatives of a pedestrian killed when a car ran a red light after a police chase have paid tribute to him.
A man and a woman, both in their early 20s, have been arrested in Birmingham on suspicion of terrorism offences.