A man has been sentenced as part of an operation into the sale of stolen metal in Greater Manchester.
Paul Lever (born 25/08/1965) of Beaumont Chase in Bolton pleaded guilty to three counts of attempting to receive stolen goods and three counts of converting criminal property. He was sentenced to a ten month custodial sentence suspended for two years, 200 hours of unpaid work and a Â£100 victim surcharge at Bolton Crown Court today, Friday 16 May 2014.
Lever, a yard manager at Chadwick and Sons in Bolton, was arrested on Wednesday 22 May 2013 along with 20 other suspects from scrap metal yards across Greater Manchester as part of an intelligence-led day of action.
Chief Inspector Carol Martin from Bolton said: â€œWe have had a lot of success in tackling metal theft, however, we know thieves believe they can still off-load stolen metal onto scrap yards.
â€œAnyone who knowingly accepts stolen goods or pays cash for metal makes it easy for thieves to get rid of stolen metal, such as railway cable or phone lines. It creates a market for thieves to prosper while causing disruption and hardship to the public.
â€œLever knowingly accepted stolen metal on several occasions and so contributed to this cycle of criminality.
â€œThe majority of scrap yards in Bolton and across Greater Manchester have taken on board new legislation and worked with the police and partners to create a hostile environment for anyone trying to sell stolen metal, however, there are a minority that continue to flout the law.
â€œI hope this sentence makes anyone tempted to buy stolen metal think twice about doing so. If it looks suspicious, refuse to buy it and call police.â€
A further 20 suspects were charged with various offences as part of the day of action of Operation Alloy and are due to appear in court over the next six months.