THREE people have been arrested after a police operation into metal thefts in Wrexham.
The operation which centred on Wrexham Industrial Estate earlier last week was aimed at enforcing the new Scrap Metal Dealers Act, disrupting criminality and removing potentially dangerous and unroadworthy vehicles.
The two-day police operation resulted in arrests and fines for a variety of offences.
Ninety-six vehicles were stopped and three people were arrested for the theft of lead, power cabling and other metals, while there were four seizures of metal for failing to maintain records.
Chief Insp Andy Williams, of North Wales Police, said: “We will be carrying out regular operations across North Wales to clampdown on metal theft, the failure to keep proper records when transporting and dealing in metal and on drivers who break the law.”
But other discoveries were made by the police.
Two drivers were found to have no MOT, one driver had no insurance, there were two drug offences discovered and one vehicle was overweight.
Other offences detected included four immediate prohibitions of vehicles and four delayed prohibitions of vehicles as well as 14 people committing offences of claiming benefits while working.
Two drivers were given on the spot fines of £550, one for a red diesel offence and the other for having an incorrect fuel mixture.