SECURITY staff detained a man following a burglary at a scrap metal yard in Somerset yesterday (Tuesday, November 16).

And a second man was arrested after they alerted the police to the incident in Dunkerton.

Police received a report at 8.50pm that two men had been seen running from the premises after staff noticed a suspicious vehicle parked nearby and went to investigate.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesperson said: "The staff managed to detain one of the men at the yard. The other was later located nearby.

"On arrival at the site, officers discovered three cars had been jacked up in what appeared to be an attempt to remove catalytic converters."

The two men, aged 19 and 37, were arrested on suspicion of burglary and remain in this evening.

Detective Inspector Angela Burtonwood said: “We are currently seeing an increase in thefts from scrap yards and we are asking business owners to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us.

“If you believe a crime is in progress, call 999. Non-urgent matters should be reported via 101 or online .”

If you have any information about the incident, call police on 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5221270488.

For more information on catalytic converter theft, visit crimestoppers-uk.org/keeping-safe/home-property-safety/catalytic-converter-theft