The Police are warning of a spate of catalytic converter thefts in the area and ask everyone to be vigilant.

Catalytic Converter theft has become popular because of their value, relative ease to steal (unbolt or cut out), and their lack of identifying markings. A Catalytic Converter is a part of the vehicles exhaust system. It helps reduce vehicle pollution. … Thieves take the stolen Catalytic Converters to metal recyclers.

Drivers who fall victim to the theft might not even know the part has been stolen as the car can still run without it.

But if you don’t have a converter fitted, your car will produce emissions above the permitted standard, making it illegal to drive on the road.

Police can fine £1,000 if the catalytic converter is missing, regardless if you didn’t know about it.