Increasing metal theft plagues UK

Police create special unit to deal with crimes, with targets including public statues and war memorials.

    Metal theft in the UK has become such a big problem that police in London have created a unit dedicated to tackling the crime.

    As well as taking thousands of dollars worth of telecoms cable and copper wire, thieves are becoming more audacious - targeting public statues and war memorials in what has become a lucrative business.

    The thefts include a piece of work by the celebrated sculptor Barbara Hepworth, that had been standing in a park in south London since 1970 and was insured for $800,000, which was stolen earlier this month.

    Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee reports from London.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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