Police raid Suffolk scrapyard

POLICE targeting the growing trade in stolen metal have mounted the biggest operation of its kind in which more than 100 officers raided a Suffolk village scrap yard.

POLICE targeting the growing trade in stolen metal have mounted the biggest operation of its kind in which more than 100 officers raided a Suffolk village scrap yard.

Four people were arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and money laundering during the raid at the Ponderosa yard in Bridge End Road, Red Lodge, near Mildenhall.

Supported by the police helicopter, officers entered the scrap compound shortly before 9am yesterday. They also raided a house within the scrap metal yard.

Yesterday afternoon, forensics officers started to sift through evidence at the yard, which holds hundreds of disused cars, vans and other metal objects. Police work at the site is expected to last two days.

The police were joined by people from the Department of Work and Pensions, the Environment Agency, the DVLA, HM Revenue and Customs, Suffolk trading standards, British Transport Police, Network Rail and the UK Border Agency.

It is understood Network Rail and transport police were present to sift through the piles of metal to try and identify track-related metals.

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Detectives at the scene said the operation was the outcome of months of intelligence gathering.