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Police arrest 14 in metal theft swoops

Police in Kent and Essex have arrested 14 people in an anti metal theft operation.

Thousands of pounds worth of lead and cable were seized in a series of swoops supported by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate on 8 February.

Arrests were made in Grays and Romford in Essex; Thanet, Herne Bay, Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells and Tenterden in Kent; and Canning Town in east London.

The ages of those arrested ranged from 20 to 67.

Assistant chief constable Gary Beautridge, head of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: ‘The action in both counties was the culmination of a six-month investigation to target those venues which are helping metal thieves to function.

“This type of organised criminality causes misery to many who are left without light and power or unable to travel because of the disruption this type of theft can cause.

“This action demonstrates that we do take the theft of metal seriously and we are putting significant resources into targeting those responsible and bringing them to justice for their crimes.”

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