Two people have been arrested by officers investigating a string of catalytic converter thefts.

On May 21 Kent Police searched a house in Erith as part of an investigation into the thefts of catalytic converters from across the county.

They arrested two men, aged 28 and 34, and seized power tools and scrap metal dealership cards. 

The pair have been released on police bail, pending further investigation.

Superintendent Warren Franklin said: "We are working closely with neighbouring forces and our colleagues in the British Transport Police to tackle a nationwide trend in the theft of catalytic converters.

"Criminals have been targeting vehicles across the county, paying particular attention to those left in railway station carparks.

"Catalytic converters contain valuable metal and recently vehicle manufacturers have introduced new models which contain less precious metal. Though the changes by manufactures may have deterred some thefts we still see older models being targeted.

"Often the vehicle suffers considerable damage which is costly to repair. Even if insurance covers the replacement and repair, the victim will incur an excess charge an increased insurance premiums as a result.

"We work closely with scrap metal dealers to make it easier to trace sellers of stolen metal and take action against dealerships who operate illegally.

"I would also ask residents to play their part, by remaining vigilant and reporting any suspicious behaviour."