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Do you own a Ford Galaxy..? Norfolk police warn people carrier owners after spate of catalytic converter thefts in King’s Lynn and Downham Market

13:50 09 January 2014

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Police are warning drivers after a spate of thefts of catalytic converters.

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Fourteen vehicles in the King’s Lynn and Downham market areas have been targetted since December 19 - nine of them were Ford Galaxy people carriers.

Downham Market Safer Neighbourhood Team Beat Manager, PC David Mallett, said: “The people stealing these components have no regard for the distress and financial burden placed on their victims.

“The stolen catalytic converters have a modest scrap value, but their theft renders the vehicle unusable and the cost of repairing the damage often runs into many thousands of pounds.”

The catalytic converter forms part of the exhaust system beneath the vehicle and contains a small quantity of precious metal such as platinum.

Officers are urging people to be vigilant and to call police if they witness anyone acting suspiciously around vehicles, particularly around vans and pick-up trucks. They say cars should be kept in a garage or a well-lit, public area. Anyone with information about the thefts should call 101.

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