Youths arrested over stolen car parts

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POLICE who seized a haul of 30 stolen catalytic convertors at Gosberton may have disrupted thieves targeting South Holland and south Lincolnshire.

Sgt Marc Gee, who heads the Lincolnshire Police operation against metal thieves, said officers arrested two juveniles following the find.

He said: “They are on bail and we are still trying to trace the main offenders.”

Lincolnshire saw 85 catalytic convertor thefts in March – the same month as the stolen haul was found – and Sgt Gee says “a lot of those” were in Spalding, Bourne and Stamford.

But last month thefts of catalytic convertors countywide dipped to just 18.

Sgt Gee said metal thefts overall in Lincolnshire are falling.

Some 284 crimes were recorded in November but April’s figure was 160.

He says one reason for the fall is that police are working closely with scrap dealers who are being more vigilant and asking for identification from people selling metal.

Officers have also done a lot to “target harden” vulnerable buildings like churches and making sure metal can be traced through Smartwater technology.

Sgt Gee said: “We have had about 70 arrests since January of this year, all related to metal thefts, which is a big increase from previous years.”

• Anyone with information can call police on 101.