Police cracking down on car thieves

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Police are cracking down on car thieves with a free vehicle marking event for Land Rover owners.

Officers will be at Appleyard Road, Mytholmroyd from 10am to 1pm on Saturday and anyone with a Land Rover Defender, Land Rover Discovery 4 and Range Rover Sports (pre 2013) are encouraged to attend. A mechanic from Land Rover Copley will also be in attendance to help.

Last year the force launched Operation Emporia to combat an emerging issue of Land Rover parts being stolen - particularly LED headlamps but also doors, mirrors, bonnets, wheels, clusters and grills.

It had an immediate impact with 14 people arrested and the number of thefts fell.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Thomas, of Calderdale CID, “The operation was a considerable success but we are not resting on our laurels and are continuing to take the fight to thieves.

“If property is security marked it means that if stolen and subsequently recovered officers will be able to return it to the rightful owner.

“It also means that if we stop a vehicle and then check the marking we can make sure that the part is on the car it is meant to.”