Crime Prevention Minister Launches New Trial to Help Combat Metal Theft

Wednesday, 04 January, 2012

Operation Tornado, a new trial scheme involving scrap metal recyclers throughout the North East to help combat the increasing problem of metal theft, will be officially launched by Minister for Crime Prevention and Anti-Social Behaviour Reduction, Lord Henley, on Friday, 6 January.

The scheme requires anyone selling scrap metal to participating dealers in Northumbria, Durham and Cleveland to provide proof of identity via a photo card. The trial will last for six months.

The official launch of the operation will take place at International Metal and Waste, The Recycling Centre, Unit 13, Hackworth Industrial Park, Shildon, Durham, DL4 1HF at 10.00 on Friday, 6 January 2012.

There will then be an opportunity to undertake a tour of the metal recycling plant and interview Lord Henley, an ACPO spokesperson , Ian Hetherington from the British Metals Recycling Association, and Chief Superintendent Dave Orford from Durham Police.

Other attendees will include Chief Inspector John Lingwood from Northumbria Police, Detective Chief Inspector Brad Howe from Durham Constabulary, Chief Inspector Andy Huddleston from Durham Constabulary and Network Rail Director Phil Vester.

For more information and to register your attendance, please contact British Transport Police pressdesk on 020 7267 6100 or email

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