16th January 2012
Police seize 1,000 beer kegs in London
Following intelligence received police in Haringey on Friday 13 January 2012, seized 1,000 aluminium beer kegs worth £75,000.
Officer attended two addresses in Tottenham, N15, and Edmonton, N18, at approximately 12:45hrs to seize the aluminium beer kegs which were being stored in shipping containers at the two sites.
A 19-year-old man [A] and an 18-year-old woman [B] were arrested at one of the sites on suspicion of handling stolen goods. They are both currently in custody at a north London police station.
Officers from Haringey have been working closely with local public houses and Kegwatch to prevent keg thefts.
Kegwatch work on behalf of the brewery industry to try and stop the theft of kegs, casks and dispense gas cylinders.
Each individual beer keg is worth between approximately £65 and £120.
Detective Inspector Steven Dryden of Haringey CID said: “In the last ten years, the price of metal has soared 400%; it's a valuable commodity that makes it an attractive prospect to thieves.
“Thieves and unscrupulous dealers will find industries are not prepared to suffer any further and police in Haringey will not hesitate to take action against anyone who is found to be involved in this form of criminality on the borough."
Security Director of Kegwatch David Belcher said:
“Stainless steel beer kegs are used in pubs and clubs across the country. Stolen kegs are often disposed of illegally through illicit outlets and scrap yards. We work hard with police forces up and down the country to stop this from happening and as a result we have had many successful prosecutions.
“Today was the result of a coordinated pre-planned operation between police in Haringey and Kegwatch. We really appreciate the work the police have done for the brewery industry today.”
Further information can be found by contacting
Keg Watch Limited either by telephoning 0808 100 1945
or by visiting the web site www.kegwatch.co.uk.