Police operation to halt Burnley scrap metal thefts is a success

Burnley police station
Burnley police station

A POLICE operation to clean up the streets of Burnley and prevent scrap metal thefts from empty houses has been hailed a success.

Last week officers carried out spot checks on 23 vehicles in Rossendale Road and Accrington Road and marked 10 empty properties with a unique DNA to make stolen scrap metal easier to trace.

They identified 22 dirty backyards and five insecure properties and handed out 750 leaflets to residents in the Trinity area of town.

Sgt Rodger Crew, of Burnley police, who led Operation Target Harden, said police were also investigating one waste licence and a vehicle with defective number plates.

“It went really well,” he said.

“The operation gave us the chance to speak to the public. All the drivers we stopped were really responsive and we got some positive feedback from them.

“When we were out on the streets, certainly in Grange Street and Pritchard Street, the residents said they were very happy with what we were doing.”