Scrap dealer fury after his arrest over small amount of stolen cable in yard

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A Bolton scrap metal merchant has expressed his anger after being arrested by the police for having stolen copper cable worth £40 in his yard.

Sean Chadwick was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods last week after police found cable belonging to BT at the bottom of a skip at S C Chadwick and Sons in Bolton.

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Police later decided to take no further action and he was released without charge.

However, after his arrest he was placed in a police cell while his home was searched. He was also tested for drug use.

Sean Chadwick said to the Bolton News newspaper: “I find it unbelievable the way I’ve been treated over such a small amount of cable. My name has been dragged through the mud.

“We’ve traded since 1944 and to be treated like this is just not acceptable. We are a respectable business.

“The common perception is that every scrap yard is dodgy, and we work hard to get away from that image. This is a multi-million pound recycling operation.”

The stolen material was found at the bottom of a skip that had been sent to S C Chadwick and Sons from another yard to use its wire stripping equipment.