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Police Swoop On Barnsley Scrap Yards

Tuesday April 17 2012

A MAJOR police operation launched in Barnsley today with local scrapyards raided by police searching for stolen metal.

Operation Obtain - which ran in Barnsley and Rotherham - saw around 400 police officers swoop in to search scrapyards. Five in Barnsley were checked for stolen items - Aluminium Recycling Ltd, Boulder Bridge Lane, Carlton; Gillott Alloys, Valley Road, Wombwell; J Wallace Metals, Nicholas Lane, Goldthorpe; G Booth and Son, Brierley Road, Shafton and Blackburn and Son, Wharncliffe Business Park, Carlton.

Ch Supt Bill Hotchkiss said it was the biggest single strike against suspected metal theft South Yorkshire had ever seen.

He said: "The full extent of the amount of material and assets recovered from the sites searched today won't be clear for some time. We have sent a strong message to those suspected of creating a market for stolen metal.

"South Yorkshire Police is focussed on disrupting criminal trade and removing the market for stolen metal. Legitimate scrap metal dealers have nothing to fear.

“Metal theft is not a victimless crime, it causes interruption to the provision of utilities such as electricity, water, gas, telecommunications and rail transport and has a far-reaching impact on communities."

Specialist search officers from Customs, BT, Northern Power Grid, the Environment Agency and Yorkshire Water searched every site identifying and recovering stolen metal and assets.

Arrests were made and more information will be released soon.

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Reply Posted by julie bell on Thursday April 19 2012 at 08:45
could u plz let us no when the alliumin recycle scrap yard is opening ty 

Reply Posted by Emmalumsden18 on Thursday April 19 2012 at 10:46
go catch druggys that beg of old ladys not scrap men doing there job, jealasy in barnsley all the time.......

Reply Posted by Storrswoodborders on Friday April 20 2012 at 12:08
metal theft is a crime.  It costs the country a fortune, delays trains, causes power cuts etc. 

Reply Posted by Paul on Friday April 20 2012 at 17:48
FUCKING PIGS! Should try and do some hard work, rather then sat behind a corner with a hand-held camera catching us speeders!
And before anyone says anything about it being unsafe or what if someone walks into the road?
9/10 the places they are catching speeders it's where there isn't a school nearby or anywhere remotely close to where children would play!
And besides as a kid I was taught how to cross a road safely and even to this day I've never once even came close to getting knocked down.. WHY? Because I'm not a fucking idiot and try to cross the road when a 2 ton car is hurtling towards me!

Reply Posted by Kat on Saturday April 21 2012 at 09:09
I think cracking down on the scrapyards is a good idea. If you stop the people buying stolen metal you will eventually stop people from stealing it.
I work in Shafton and we have had quite a few problems with metal theft over the past few years. It would be nice to go to work without having to wonder whether we have communications or if the heating is going to work.

Reply Posted by Triggerroberts on Sunday April 22 2012 at 16:02
i agree with everthing you are saying mate good for you

Reply Posted by Triggerroberts on Sunday April 22 2012 at 16:02
i agree with everthing you are saying mate good for you

Reply Posted by jo on Sunday April 22 2012 at 19:36
prick comes to mind