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Ex-officer denies ‘fanning flames’ of metal theft
9:30am Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
A RETIRED police officer in charge of an undercover sting operation has denied “blowing up” the scale of the scrap metal problem.
In Oxford Crown Court yesterday former Detective Inspector Rodger Cartwright again defended his handling of Operation Symphony.
Terence Rogers, 70, of High Street, Drayton St Leonard; Simon Rogers, 42, of Bromsgrove, Faringdon; Martin Pace, 36, of Abbott Road, Didcot; Ian Marshall, 29, of Evenlode Drive, Berinsfield, and Darren Andrews, 34, of Colwell Road, Berinsfield, deny attempting to conceal, disguise or convert criminal property. Peter Stage, defending Simon Rogers, said quoting a House of Commons estimate of the cost of metal theft to the UK of £770m in a briefing was “blowing up the size of the problem and trying to bring in the House of Commons as a legitimate authority when it was anything but”.
Mr Stage quoted an alternative figure from the Home Office of £220m and said: “A certain feeding frenzy existed in relation to metal theft and you were happy to fan the flames.”
Mr Cartwright denied this and said he had used the figures he was given by another officer.
The trial continues.