Guernsey police concern over scrap metal thefts

Scrap metal and building materials being stolen in Guernsey could be being sold off-island, police have warned.

It follows a number of thefts at homes and businesses, prompting police to issue a warning about the risks.

Carl le Gallez from Leadworks Plus said he was losing hundreds of pounds because of scrap metal thefts.

He said his was not the only business that had been targeted by thieves looking to ship metal off-island.

Mr le Gallez said the thieves had made off with scrap metal and brand new rolls of lead on two separate occasions.

Guernsey's crime reduction adviser Andy Goodall said there were only so many outlets in Guernsey where scrap metal could be sold.

He said those businesses were also required to carry out certain checks over the origin of metal they are offered.

Mr Goodall said colleagues at customs were being routinely informed after large-scale thefts, to allow checks to be carried out on goods leaving the country.

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