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Warning after catalytic converters are stolen from van and car

PUBLISHED: 13:48 04 June 2019 | UPDATED: 13:49 04 June 2019

Catalytic converters were stolen from vehicles on Homeport, just off Whapload Road in Lowestoft, and Mill Lane in Corton. Picture: Google

Catalytic converters were stolen from vehicles on Homeport, just off Whapload Road in Lowestoft, and Mill Lane in Corton. Picture: Google

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Officers have urged motorists to be vigilant following a pair of catalytic converter thefts.

At around 1.30pm on Friday, May 31, police received a report of a converter (CAT) theft from a Land Rover Freelander that had been parked on Mill Lane in Corton.

On Sunday, June 2, it was reported at 3.30pm that another CAT had been stolen from a Volkswagen Crafter van parked at Homeport - just off Whapload Road - in Lowestoft.

Catalytic converters are designed to reduce harmful pollutants but contain valuable metals worth several hundred pounds in scrap, with vans and 4x4s targeted due to their higher ground clearance.

Drivers are being encouraged to safeguard their vehicles from thieves, who often use pipe cutters or similar tools to cut CATs from vehicles. Quarterlight windows may be smashed to reach the bonnet release, allowing thieves to access the exhaust system.

Anyone who saw suspicious activity prior to the times stated should call police on 101, citing CAD 171 of May 31 or CAD 248 of June 2.

Visit the Suffolk police website for crime prevention advice.

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