A police operation to tackle metal theft in Hertfordshire lead to five arrests last week.

The operation involved a stop and search of 64 vehicles across the south west of the county, including Borehamwood and Radlett.

A number of vehicles were seized from drivers for traffic offences including not having any car insurance, driving without a full licence and driving an unsafe vehicle.

Officers from Hertfordshire Police were joined by other agencies including Trading Standards and the Environment Agency.

Detective Inspector Paul Doran, who was leading the operation said: “The effect of metal theft can have devastating consequences; it can put lives at risk, damages important historical buildings and monuments and causes disruption to communities."

The operation, which took place on Thursday, March 8, was part of a national day of action to tackle metal theft across the country.