Charity Crimestoppers has launched a pilot campaign that will attempt to tackle metal theft.
It is being run across the north east, Yorkshire and Humberside and aims to increase the amount of information coming to Crimestoppers from the public about the theft of metal. The idea is that if it proves successful, larger campaigns will be run to tackle larger scale metal theft that impacts on industries such as transport and communication.
Crimestoppers regional manager for the north east, Yorkshire and Humberside Dave Hunter said: “Crimestoppers wants to encourage the public to fight back against the metal thieves who create severe disruption for local communities and cost millions to the UK economy.
“We want to scrap the metal thieves and the local public can help us to do this by passing on any information they might have on those committing this crime anonymously to Crimestoppers.”