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Two arrested in drain theft crackdown in Selby


12:17pm 22nd September 2011

Two men have been arrested as Selby police combat the recent rise in drain thefts around the district.

The suspects, a 21 year old man from Knottingley and a 24 year old man from Little Heck, were arrested in Kellington on Tuesday 20th September 2011, after they were spotted taking a drain cover from the side of the road and loading it onto a pony and trap.

Following questioning the 24 year old man was released with a caution and the 21 year old man was released without any further action.

Despite no charges being brought against the men, officers are confident any arrests will send out a strong message to metal thieves that their actions will not be tolerated.

Sergeant Mike Pickersgill, of Selby Safer Neighbourhood Team, said:

“We will continue making arrests and running operations until people get the message that stealing metal for scrap is unacceptable.

“There has been a recent trend developing that has seen people stealing drain covers and grates from the side of the road. This is not only illegal but also leaves large gaps in the road which is a danger to road users.

“Obviously metal theft is a concern but putting a stop to it is a priority in Selby district and anyone coming into the area with the intention of stealing metal should be mindful that we are on the lookout for them.”

Anyone who would like to report metal thefts in their area is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 0845 60 60 24 7.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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