20 arrested in metal theft crackdown in Caerphilly County Borough
Twenty people were arrested as part of a three-week operation between Gwent Police and the British Transport Police to tackle metal thefts.
During September officers from both forces set up the first joint metal theft task force.
Over a three-week period, police reported a reduction in metal theft.
Twenty people were arrested for offences including cable theft, theft of diesel, metal theft, drug offences, breaching a court order, obstructing police and being a failed asylum seeker, driving while disqualified and drink-driving.
Vehicles worth more than £100,000 were impounded in the operation and 23 people reported for driving without a licence.
In addition, 14 people were reported for failing to keep appropriate records of metal sales.
In a statement, BTP said: “Over the three-week period, the work carried out contributed to a massive reduction in metal theft and other aspects of criminality.
“Most notably, not a single metal theft took place in the Rhymney Valley, which had always been an area where metal thefts had caused severe disruption to the railway.”
Other results included:
15 loads of scrap metal were seized to the value of £1,794.10.23
23 people reported for driving without insurance
22 people reported for driving without a licence
26 vehicles seized under section 165 of the Road Traffic Act