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Police and BMRA work to stop metal thefts

To stop recent increases in metal thefts across the UK, the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) is working with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) to combat the problem. A BMRA spokesman said that high prices for scrap metals have resulted in thefts of lead from church roofs to aluminium road signs. Director general Lindsay Millington said: Thefts have been a growing problem for our members: their sites have been targeted and they need to be sure they are buying legitimate material. With this in mind we are doing everything we can within our own industry and with other interested parties including the ACPO to reduce metal thefts. ACPO chair Ashley Croft added: The theft of metals is a significant problem across the UK. With the BMRA we are exploring how we can work closely in an effective and productive way, and I look forward to developing relationships further with the recycling industry. There is also a stolen metals bulletin, produced by the BMRA, which enables members and other organisations which have been the victims of theft to alert members within 24 hours. It produces information to identify stolen materials and encourages anyone who has information about stolen metals to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Industries which use metals, such as construction, are being urged to protect them as they would other high-value assets. Image: BMRA director general Lindsay Millington

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