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    bazzeroz wrote:
    If your selling scrap metal then you should have to produce your driving licence and passport. Your vehicle registration should be taken and a photograph of the seller. If there is any discrepency between the 2 documents then you should not be able to sell the scrap. It's not difficult really is it? Human rights should not apply here. Human decency should! I'm also sure that China doesn't give a fig where the metal comes from.
    To add to that it is crucial to ban all cash transactions for scrap metal. That way it will make it easy to track a paper trail to the thieves. This is what the government wants to introduce."
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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


• Portstmouth Road, Woolston.

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

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

• Tanners Lane
• Fielders Way
• Salisbury Road

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

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