Advice to Clubs about Locking their Ground Equipment
Clubs are being advised to lock their rollers with recent thefts from clubs.
Weston CC in Staffordshire has recently had scrap metal thieves steal their cricket rollers, which weighed 500lbs, 300lbs and 200lbs. The club is based near Crewe.
It seems the thefts are taking place as thieves can sell them off to scrap yards for a reasonable amount. MPs are trying to strengthen existing laws by cracking down on scrap yards buying stolen metal from thieves and giving more powers to police and the courts to shutdown rogue traders.
The rise in metal thefts has coincided with the rising value of scrap metal, the global recession and increased demand for the metal in developing countries like China and India. Last year, thieves stole more than 50 drain covers from areas in Crewe so they could be cashed in as scrap metal.
To find out more about this visit: Thieves' rollers raid is just not cricket on This is Staffordshire website.
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