Man in court as metal thefts rise

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A HUCKNALL man has appeared in court charged with the theft of copper piping from a car — as police look to get tough on those accused of stealing metal.

Troy Wheatley (21), of Levertons Place, is alleged to have taken the piping from a works van on Wensley Road, Woodthorpe on Wednesday May 18.

He is jointly charged with Tammy Hadley (40) and Nicky Larvin (22), both of Mosswood Crescent, Nottingham, and a 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Wheatley was due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates Court again on Thursday June 9.

Their arrests came as police increase patrols after reports that the theft of copper has been on the increase in recent weeks.

Officers are also warning residents and businesses to take steps to combat the problem by securing their vehicles and property.

This includes making sure doors and gates are locked, using anti-vandal paint, marking high-value metal items, such as statues, to help identification if they are stolen and the installation of CCTV cameras.

Supt Mike Manley, of Nottinghamshire police, said:

“Very often, the metal that is stolen is sold on for a relatively low price. The culprit won’t make much money from this but it can be extremely costly for the victim.

“We have seen a rise in the amount of metal thefts throughout Nottinghamshire recently.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the police on 0300 3009999 or the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.