Metal theft initiative

A MULTI-AGENCY operation to disrupt the theft and transportation of stolen metal has taken place in East Lothian.

Officers from Lothian and Borders Police joined colleagues from the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and BT Openreach for the two-week initiative, which targeted metal thieves operating in the area.

During the road checks, 20 people were found to be involved in numerous environmental and waste management offences and were processed by SEPA representatives.

Phase two of the operation saw police and partners visit various scrap metal dealers across the division to identify anyone involved in the sale of stolen metal, and encourage dealers to report any suspected thieves to police.