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    IronLady2010 wrote:
    tootle wrote: Well if they couldn't get money for it they wouldn't steal it. Thieves took something off one of our vehicles with our name on it - some scrap dealer bought it knowing full well it had been nicked. If the scrappy had been honest we'd have got it back, saved a fair bit of money and the thieves would have been done for theft.
    Lock up the buyers too! My issue is, everyone knows they can get away with crime! I have NEVER been in trouble with the Law, have a clean record etc, but know **** well that if I go and commit a crime, based on my record I would get away with it! This is what we are teaching our kids!
    You state that you have never been in trouble with the law but, I seem to recall one of your past rants, if I’m not mistaken, where you confessed to a driving conviction, of course it wasn’t your fault, but doesn’t your motoring conviction count as being "in trouble with the law" or just like your evil namesake does selective memory kick in when on your high horse putting the world to rights about things you Know very little about.

    I look forward to reading your denials."
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Spate of catalytic converter thefts

A catalytic converter

A catalytic converter

First published in Romsey Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

DETECTIVES are investigating a spate of catalytic converter thefts across Hampshire.

Twenty vehicles have had the pollution- busting devices prised off in just six weeks.

Seven of these were in the Shirley district of Southampton in the space of one week.

Det Insp Martin Myers, from Eastleigh CID, said the precious metals such as platinum, palladium and rhodium are sold to scrap metal merchants for hundreds of pounds.

The converters are the latest to be targeted by metal thieves who have struck across the south.

Yesterday the Daily Echo revealed that commuters had suffered an extra 1,600 train delays in the region in just ten months after thieves stole copper cabling from railway signalling boxes.

And last month we reported how ten sets of metal gates had been stolen from driveways across Southampton.

Det Insp Myers said: “The prices of metals have gone through the roof, with the metal going abroad to places such as Latvia, Poland and China.”

Larger cars and 4x4s have been targeted by thieves who use saws to remove the converters in as little as 30 seconds.

Police say organised gangs could be behind the spree but could not rule out opportunists looking to make easy money.

The latest theft reported was from a Peugeot 406 in Southampton Road, Eastleigh.

Police believe bigger vehicles are especially at risk because they are high off the ground and easier for thieves to slide underneath.

Anyone with information can call their local police on 101 mentioning Operation Wellington or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Locations of the thefts

SOUTHAMPTON

• Portstmouth Road, Woolston.


• Third Avenue
Redbridge Road
• Goodwin Close,
• Seymour Road,
Lordshill Centre,
• Colne Avenue,
• Taranto Road,

EASTLEIGH
• Market Street
• Mottisfont Road
• Magpie Lane
• Market Street
• Heron Square

Romsey
• Tanners Lane
• Fielders Way
• Salisbury Road

NEW FOREST
• Romsey Road, Totton
• Jacobs Gutter Lane, Totton
• West Street, Hythe
• Archers Close, Calmore

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