Officers investigating reports of suspicious activity involving a white van in the Cashes Green, Westrip, Uplands, Kings Stanley and Stonehouse areas this week are now able to confirm that the van was stopped by officers this morning (Saturday) and confirmed to be a licenced scrap metal collector.

Officers would like to reassure the local community that they do not believe there to be any criminal activity related to the van driver and that residents do not need to be concerned.

The van driver is aware of concerns that have been raised and will no longer be checking for scrap metal in those areas.