Man arrested in stolen car crackdown

File photo dated 02/11/11 of a generic photo of police officers as the police are poised to bring in private companies to investigate crimes and patrol neighbourhoods, it was reported today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday March 3, 2012. Two forces, West Midlands and Surrey, are asking security firms to bid for contracts, worth �1.5bn over seven years, to run some services that are currently carried out by officers, according to the Guardian. See PA story POLITICS Police. Photo credit should read: David Cheskin/PA Wire
File photo dated 02/11/11 of a generic photo of police officers as the police are poised to bring in private companies to investigate crimes and patrol neighbourhoods, it was reported today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday March 3, 2012. Two forces, West Midlands and Surrey, are asking security firms to bid for contracts, worth �1.5bn over seven years, to run some services that are currently carried out by officers, according to the Guardian. See PA story POLITICS Police. Photo credit should read: David Cheskin/PA Wire
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A MAN has been arrested as part of an operation to crackdown on the sale of stolen cars and parts.

Merseyside Police executed warrants at two business premises in the Sutton and Fingerpost areas of St Helens, this morning, and arrested a 22-year-old man from the Lancashire area on suspicion of theft.

Searches of the premises were carried out, involving neighbourhood officers from St Helens along with specialist officers from the force’s Vehicle Crime Group, and officers seized laptops and paperwork for further investigation.

Neighbourhood inspector for St Helens, Dave Brennan, said: “Criminals involved in the sale of stolen cars and associated parts are unscrupulous individuals who think nothing of lining their pockets at the expense of honest, hard-working members of the public.

“Anyone who’s had their vehicle stolen will know how upsetting and inconvenient it can be and people who have bought a previously stolen car often end up losing their money or driving round in vehicles which can be death traps.

“As well as profiting from other people’s misfortune, people who sell on stolen cars or break them up to sell spares often have links to serious and organised crime and are making lives easier for people to commit offences across Merseyside.

“This operation is all about showing decent people across St Helens that we won’t tolerate those people who use the area to engage in criminality.

“I would appeal to anyone with information about vehicle or any other types of crime in St Helens to come forward and contact us. This operation should reassure the public that we will take pro-active action on all the information that we receive.”

Anyone with information can call officers on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.