SOUTH Yorkshire Police continued their efforts to clamp down on metal theft by participating in the national day of action.

On Wednesday February 13, almost 60 officers were out around the county visiting scrap yards and stopping vehicles believed to be involved in the collection and distribution of scrap metal.

One hundred and fifteen drivers were stopped, eleven were arrested, ten scrap dealers visited and three vehicles were seized.

Of the vehicles stopped and checked over, six were given prohibition notices for not being road worthy, six were found not to have a licence for transporting metal and one was fined for using red diesel.

Chief Inspector Andy Kent who coordinated the day, said: “Working with scrap metal dealers and tackling metal theft is very much daily business for us now, however it’s good to dedicate resources to the issue on specific dates.“

The public can help combat metal theft by reporting suspicious activity on 101 or calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.