Lincoln man arrested over metal theft

A 28-year-old man was arrested and charged with theft of lead after being spotted acting suspiciously on St. Mary’s Street in Lincoln.

He was arrested in the early hours of Friday, May 18.

The arrest and charge is part of Lincolnshire Police’s Operation Brompton, which also saw vehicle checks in the in Gainsborough and North Kesteven areas.

From May 14 to 18, police targeted vehicles believed to be used to collect scrap in the county.

The checks resulted in 28 vehicles stopped and checked, two vehicles recovered for having no insurance, two further vehicles recovered due to their poor condition and 14 other notices served for faults with vehicles.

In addition, routine visits were conducted at scrap yards within Lincolnshire to check their compliance with new identification measures that were recently introduced regionally to tackle metal theft.

Officers from the Lincolnshire Operation Brompton team joined forces with officers from the Nottinghamshire Metal theft team to carry out searches at two scrap yards in Newark to look for stolen items and gather intelligence.

Police said members of the public are now regularly reporting suspicious incidents, leading to arresting more suspects and reducing crime in the county.

Anyone wishing to report any suspicious activity or has any information regarding metal theft should call Lincolnshire Police on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Source: Lincolnshire Police | Photo: Google Street View