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Metal Theft


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Through work, I recently attended a briefing session on this given by Sergeant Steve Clark of Gwent Police.

Although it dealt with the subject in general terms rather than specifically looking at memorials, the theft of memorials was mentioned. I have Sergeant Clark's permission to circulate his presentation to you all, and I hope that you'll find it useful.

These are the main points of the presentation:

Costs UK economy £770 million per annum
Cost Welsh councils £100,000 per annum
Infrastructure crime - utility companies, trains, hospitals, airports
Non infrastructure - homes, churches and schools attacked
Gatwick/Cardiff airports metal theft - loss of air traffic control
Llandough hospital - 70 cancer procedures cancelled
Community damage
Schools and churches with lead stolen
Property from gardens including bikes
Farms attacked for metal, diesel and machinery
New legislation - The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013
Stricter licensing dealers including mobile collectors
Cashless trading introduced removing anonymity
ID for sellers so metal can be traced.
Taskforce set up for past 2 years with proactive ops.
Gas compounds attacked in Gwent - danger of losing gas supplies to Gwent and Cardiff
Uskmouth power station closed leading to power shortages

and here are links to two youtube videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1B1yBeEox8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-adgoP0Rzw

If you have any questions, please let me know.

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