Cops crack­down on metal thefts

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Po­lice Scot­land of­fi­cers stopped 47 driv­ers dur­ing a clam­p­down on metal theft in Ruther­glen last week.

Cam­bus­lang Road was tar­geted as part of the op­er­a­tion on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 25.

Of­fi­cers were work­ing in part­ner­ship with the Ve­hi­cle and Op­er­a­tor Ser­vices Agency ( VOSA), Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice, North and South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s Trad­ing Stan­dards De­part­ments and The Depart­ment for Work and Pen­sions (DWP).

The Ruther­glen road check was one of four across the La­nark­shire area.

Two driv­ers were warned re­gard­ing mi­nor de­fects and is­sued ve­hi­cle de­fect in­struc­tions while one driver was re­ported for fail­ing to have an MOT cer­tifi­cate.

VOSA is­sued four pro­hi­bi­tion no­tices to ve­hi­cles and one male was re­ported for ben­e­fit fraud by DWP .

Of­fi­cers also used the op­er­a­tion as an op­por­tu­nity to ed­u­cate driv­ers about the leg­is­la­tion sur­round­ing scrap metal, which re­quires deal­ers and col­lec­tors to be li­censed by the lo­cal author­ity.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Craig Richie from La­nark­shire Di­vi­sion said: “Tar­get­ing metal theft is a pri­or­ity for us and we work to­gether with a num­ber of part­ners car­ry­ing out ini­tia­tives to tar­get those in­volved in this type of crime. We are de­ter­mined to build on th­ese oper­a­tions in our fight against metal theft.

“Metal theft can af­fect ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity, such as the loss of power to homes caused by stolen ca­bles, dam­age to property from stolen roof­ing which can also re­sult in fi­nan­cial loss to home own­ers. Pre­vi­ous thefts in the di­vi­sion in­clude stolen man­hole cov­ers, cop­per pip­ing and lead flash­ing from roofs, all taken by crim­i­nals look­ing to make a quick profit.

“Fig­ures this year show a re­duc­tion of 29 per cent in metal theft from Novem­ber 2014 to Oc­to­ber 2015 com­pared to the same pe­riod in 2013/14.

“Th­ese re­sults are a com­bi­na­tion of ef­forts from of­fi­cers, our part­ners and mem­bers of the pub­lic.

“I’d ask ev­ery­one to be vig­i­lant to this type of crime and re­port any sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour. If any­one wit­nesses any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity such as un­marked vans re­mov­ing ca­bles, or peo­ple col­lect­ing metal from gar­dens with no iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, call Po­lice Scot­land on 101. Al­ter­na­tively CRIMES­TOP­PERS can be con­tacted on 0800 555 111, where anonymity can be main­tained.”

The op­er­a­tion came a week af­ter of­fi­cers tar­geted dan­ger­ous driv­ing in the West­burn area of Cam­bus­lang.

Af­ter con­cerns were raised by res­i­dents, 17 driv­ers were stopped over the week with two be­ing charged in con­nec­tion with al­leged road traf­fic of­fences.

In­spec­tor Dar­ren Faulds from the Divi­sional Road Polic­ing Unit at La­nark­shire said:

“The ar­eas be­ing tar­geted are sub­ject to speed re­stric­tions but un­for­tu­nately, there are a num­ber of driv­ers who ig­nore th­ese lim­its.

“We are aware that dan­ger­ous driv­ing con­tin­ues to be an area of con­cern for res­i­dents in La­nark­shire. There has been eleven fa­tal road crashes in La­nark­shire this year, com­pared to six for the same pe­riod in 2014. The rise in the num­ber of road fa­tal­i­ties in La­nark­shire is wor­ry­ing and road safety con­tin­ues to be a high pri­or­ity for us. We will con­tinue to ro­bustly en­force the law and en­gage with driv­ers dur­ing rou­tine pa­trols and en­gage­ment events, to use ev­ery op­por­tu­nity we can to ed­u­cate driv­ers on the risks of dan­ger­ous driv­ing and its con­se­quences.” The Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice (SFRS) is warn­ing res­i­dents in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang to take ex­tra care if us­ing can­dles if they ex­pe­ri­ence power cuts dur­ing win­ter storms.

Di­rec­tor of Preven­tion and Pro­tec­tion at the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice, As­sis­tant Chief Of­fi­cer Lewis Ram­say, said:“We know that peo­ple of­ten use can­dles in the home, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing power cuts and we would like to re­mind them to be care­ful.

“If you are us­ing can­dles try not to ex­pose your­self to any un­nec­es­sary risk of fire. Keep can­dles on hard flat sur­faces and away from any flammable ma­te­ri­als such as cur­tains and up­hol­stery and never leave can­dles burn­ing if you leave the room, house or go to bed.”

The ser­vice is also dis­cour­ag­ing the use of gas cook­ing stoves within the homes. Th­ese pose a sig­nif­i­cant risk and should not be used in­side.

You can find out more in­for­ma­tion about how you can stay safe dur­ing a power cut at www.firescot­land.gov. uk/me­dia/868522/SFRS_ Pow­er­Cuts.pdf

Check of­fi­cers car­ried out road checks

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