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Peak and dales residents urged not to let thieves cash in on scrap

Posted on 21st September 2011

Police in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales are asking residents to help prevent metal thefts by not leaving scrap on show.

It follows a number of incidents where scrap metals have been taken from people’s gardens, land or from outbuildings.

The most recent took place on Tuesday, September 20 in Charlesworth, Glossop when a metal dog crate was stolen from the driveway of a house on Lee Head.

There have also been incidents in other parts of the High Peak and Dales during recent months including in:

  • Buxton: A microwave was stolen from outside a house on Lightwood Road on Wednesday, September 14.
  • Matlock: Three wheels were stolen from the driveway of a house on Steep Turnpike on Wednesday, August 24.
  • Ashbourne area: A fridge freezer and copper pipes were taken from outside a house at Field End, Hollington on Sunday, July 3.

Community Safety Sgt. Jon Lloyd said: “We are asking residents and businesses to help us to prevent scrap metal thefts in the area by ensuring that metal is locked away, taken to a scrap dealer or disposed of at a recycling centre.

“Unfortunately with the current high price for metal, there is a temptation for thieves to take scrap items which are left out in the open or within easy reach and weighing them in for cash.”

Officers across the county are currently targeting the theft of metal as part of Operation Calanthia.

The operation, which will run until the end of the year, will include enforcement action against those involved in the crime as well as raising awareness with local businesses and groups about the issue.

Metal (ferrous and non-ferrous) can be taken to household waste recycling centres in: ]

  • Ashbourne (Mayfield Road)
  • Buxton (Waterswallows Road)
  • Darley Dale (Harrison Way)
  • Glossop (Melandra Road)

Residents can also contact their district council for collection of bulky items or electrical appliances for a fee through:

  • High Peak Borough Council: 0845 129 77 77
  • Derbyshire Dales District Council: 01629 761100

To report suspicious activity contact Derbyshire police on 0345 123 33 33 or if you have information about crime you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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