Wilmington recycling centre targeted by car battery thieves

PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 December 2017 | UPDATED: 09:10 11 December 2017

Car batteries are being targeted by thieves in Devon. Image: Thinkstock

Car batteries are being targeted by thieves in Devon. Image: Thinkstock

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PC Steve Lee says more than 1,000 car batteries have been stolen from four Devon areas.

Thieves have stolen more than 1,000 car batteries from recycling centres near Honiton and three other Devon towns in the last 12 months, police estimate.

PC Steve Lee said the figure could be double that, with crooks scrapping the components for their valuable lead content.

The batteries are destined to be sold off and recycled but can be worth £14 apiece so are attractive to criminals.

PC Lee said: “I’m investigating a series of break-ins at the recycling centres in Wilmington, Sidmouth and Exmouth.

“There’s been at least 34 break-ins, all overnight, but I suspect there are more where they’ve got in but not stolen anything. I’m guessing they’ve stolen 1,000 to 2,000 batteries.

“The batteries should be going off to be recycled as legitimate scrap.”

Tiverton’s recycling centre has also been targeted.

A spokesman for Devon County Council, which owns the sites, said: “We are working closely with the police to assist them with their ongoing investigations on these issues.”

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