Three men arrested in New Mills

Three people have been arrested in New Mills on suspicion of taking a van without consent and going equipped to steal.

The men, aged 21, 22 and 24 were stopped after by officers on patrol in the New Street area at around 2.30am on Monday, October 17.

Police are currently carrying out additional patrols to the area following a recent increase in metal thefts in New Mills and as part of Operation Calanthia.

Four homeowners on New Street reported lead being stolen from their roofs overnight between Wednesday, October 12 and Thursday, October 13.

Operation Calanthia is a countywide campaign, which runs until the end of the year, set up to tackle the growing problem of metal such as copper, lead, iron and steel.

It is thought the increasing demand for metals has led to an increase in prices, which has in turn led to more thefts.

All three men, from the Stockport area, have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Officers are still encouraging people to call with any information about metal thefts in the area. People should contact Derbyshire police on 0345 123 33 33 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.