Turning the screw on licence plate criminals

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MOTORISTS in Bicester can stop thieves swiping their number plates with free security screws.

Hardware company Screwfix is offering 3,000 free number plate security screws through the Cherwell Safer Communities Partnership.

Number plate thefts are on the increase in north Oxfordshire, safety advisors say, with criminals often using stolen plates to steal fuel from petrol stations.

Cherwell District Council’s deputy leader, Councillor George Reynolds, said: “We live in a very safe area but this type of crime is on the increase nationally and this generous offer means residents can rest assured they won’t fall victim to it.”

Two screws are needed per vehicle. Free screws are available, while stocks last, from Cherwell District Council’s LinkPoint offices in Bicester Market Square, Bodicote House and Castle Quay in Banbury.