Warning after thefts

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POLICE are visiting scrap metal dealers after a spate of thefts of catalytic converters in Suffolk.

Nineteen were stolen from across Suffolk in December – as of Monday, 16 had been reported as stolen in January, four of them from Bury St Edmunds.

Suffolk Police are visiting scrap metal dealers to make sure checks are being made on all metals brought to the sites for sale and that any suspicious items or people are reported to police.

Crime reduction officer Bernard Plume said: “Private vehicles should be kept in a well-secured garage, where possible, and if no garage is available, in a well-lit, public area. Vehicles can be parked in such a way as to make access to the catalytic converter difficult.”