A crackdown on railway cable thefts in the north-east of England is paying dividends, new figures have suggested.
Provided by the British Transport Police (BTP), the numbers revealed a 69 per cent reduction of instances in which metal is targeted by criminals hoping to sell the material for a profit, the Northern Echo reports.
The movement has come partly as a result of Operation Tornado, an initiative headed by the Association of Chief Police Officers, which is now set to be rolled out across the south of England.
Spokesman for the project Chief Inspector Robin Edwards noted Operation Tornado is just one of a number of methods being employed to combat the sale of stolen metal.
He said he hopes all registered scrap metal handlers will sign up to the initiative, adding: "It has been designed not to inhibit those dealers that operate legitimate businesses, but to remove unscrupulous dealers who operate outside the law."
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