Four men arrested over copper wire theft

FOUR men have been arrested as part of an operation targeting metal thefts in the county.

A quantity of copper was also seized by officers responding to a report of suspicious activity in Tenth Avenue, Blyth, on Monday at 2.20pm.

A number of men had been seen loading copper wire into the boot of a car in the street.

As part of Operation Coin – a county-wide operation aimed at stopping metal thefts – officers carried out immediate checks at scrapyards in the area.

Their enquiries led them to a scrapyard in West Sleekburn, and it was there that the four men – aged 29, 36, 38 and 39 – were arrested on suspicion of theft and have been bailed pending further investigation.

Operation Coin has been running in Northumberland since November 2010 and involves officers visiting scrap dealers, carrying out high-visibility patrols and mounting operations on the main routes through the county.

Since its launch, more than 2,500 vans, flat-bed trucks and other vehicles have been stopped and checked in Northumberland.

Anyone with any information on metal thefts is asked to contact police on 03456 043043 ext 69191.