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Two vehicles seized on A1184 at Spellbrook as police tackle metal theft

Police officers seized two vehicles at Spellbrook as part of a national clampdown on metal theft.

According to Hertfordshire Constabulary, a multi-agency ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) operation was carried out on the A1184 between Bishop's Stortford and Sawbridgeworth.

During the checks, one vehicle was seized for having no insurance and operating without a waste carrier's licence.

Herts police target metal theft (42863404)
Herts police target metal theft (42863404)

A second driver was reported for driving without insurance and otherwise than in accordance with a licence. Again, the vehicle was seized.

Another motorist was unable to provide a waste carrier's licence. This is being followed up by the local authority.

Throughout a week-long operation, officers from police Safer Neighbourhood Teams across Hertfordshire, supported by the Rural Operational Support Team (ROST), carried out checks and visited scrap metal dealers.

Herts police target metal theft (42863406)
Herts police target metal theft (42863406)

The campaign, co-ordinated by British Transport Police, ran from Monday October 12 and focused on prevention, education and enforcement. Officers also used it as an opportunity to build on Operation Feline, an initiative in response to a sharp rise in catalytic converter thefts.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Clawson said: "Over the past year we've seen a big rise in thieves targeting catalytic converters. This week of action gave us an opportunity to further promote the work we've been doing to target this under Operation Feline, while also ensuring that scrap metal merchants across the county were complying with regulations.

"As part of the Op Feline campaign, certain garages across the county are offering a free security marking service and I'd urge residents to take up this offer. Details of the garages involved can be found on the Herts police website.

"We would also urge the public to follow our crime prevention advice, remain vigilant and report incidents of suspected catalytic converter theft, particularly where people are trying to get under cars in car parks or on roads. If you see this happening, please call 999 immediately."

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