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York Based Police Inspector Given Award for Tackling Metal Theft

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8:09pm 2nd May 2013

Staff commended for metal theft operation as metal crime decreases across the region                                                              

Inspector Rob Thorpe of North Yorkshire Police was among officers and staff from two regions who received certificates on 1 May 2013 for their part in Coast to Coast Tornado, the successful metal theft operation executed at the end of last year.            

Industry colleagues from organisations including Northern Powergrid and HM Revenue and Customs were also commended for their specialist help and support during the operation.                                                                                                 

Coast to Coast Tornado ran from Monday 3 December to Friday 7 December, 2012. It involved ten forces and resulted in 57significant arrests linked to approximately £115,000 of seized or suspected stolen goods. 215 scrap yards were visited and 3,546 vehicles stopped and searched and 76 vehicles were seized.                                                                                                                                                                                              

In the first ever operation of its kind, the Yorkshire and the Humber region joined forces with the North West region to tackle metal theft across a slice of the country.                                                                                                          

Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Co-ordinator, Acting Inspector Wayne Goodwin, said: “This operation took a great deal of planning and preparation to coordinate all the specialist resources and staff from many different areas.                                                                                                                               

 “Coast to Coast Tornado disrupted the theft, disposal, transportation and exportation of stolen metal through systematically targeting the road network, ports and scrap yards, using all available powers.                                                                                   

 “The operation combined resources from the west to the east of the UK, across many force boundaries and with a number of statutory and industry partner agencies, producing a unique tactical capacity.                                                                                                                                                             

 “The latest year end statistics show a reduction of almost 39 per cent in the Yorkshire and the Humber region compared with the number of offences in 2011 - 2012. These stats illustrate that our joint efforts in tackling metal theft is really beginning to show.”     

In North Yorkshire metal theft has reduced by 49% over the same period.                              

Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, added, “Operation Coast to Coast Tornado shows how successful regional collaboration can be when it is done well.”

“Metal theft can cause significant harm to business, schools and communities more widely.  This was about reducing the number of victims of crime in North Yorkshire, as well as across the north of England.”

“Victims are at the heart of my police and crime plan, and I will continue work locally and regionally to make sure we reduce harm to people and businesses and support victims of crime”                                                           

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