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Two questioned in Long Sutton in catalytic converter theft investigation

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Two people have been questioned as part of a probe into into catalytic converter theft across Lincolnshire.

The man and woman, both in their 20s, were held at an address in Long Sutton as part of an Environment Agency investigation.

Lincolnshire Police recovered a large amount of cash and a machine to produce digital currency Bitcoin from the property during the operation on September 7.

Police questioned two people in Long Sutton
Police questioned two people in Long Sutton

A number of converters were also removed from a van, a shed and a nearby storage unit by the police and officers from the Environment Agency’s local enforcement and hazardous waste teams. The van was also seized.

Designed to remove harmful emissions from vehicle exhaust gases, catalytic converters contain precious metals, whose value has increased in recent times.

The pair have since been released pending further enquiries.

Sgt Gareth Phillips, of Lincolnshire Police, said: “This was a successful joint operation between ourselves and a number of our partner agencies, which has resulted in the seizure of a number of suspected stolen items as well as a large quantity of cash.

“We are still in the early stages of our investigation. We are working with the Environment Agency to see if any offences have taken place, and would urge anyone with any information to contact us on 101.”

Yvonne Daly, an operations manager for the Environment Agency in Lincolnshire, said: “The storage of hazardous waste materials can harm the environment, blight communities and undermine the legitimate businesses that do follow the rules.

“Our role is to protect the environment for people and wildlife, so we won’t hesitate to take action against those who put it at risk. To businesses flouting the rules our message is clear: you won’t get away with it.”

Anyone who suspects illegal waste activity is reminded to report it to our 24-hour hotline by calling 0800 80 70 60, or anonymously contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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