Growing Problem Of Metal Theft
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15 Nov 2011
I am calling on the Government to take urgent action to tackle the growing problem of metal theft, an extremely dangerous crime that is damaging the economy.
Households face repeated power cuts, commuters face increasing delays, churches and public buildings are being damaged, all as a result of escalating metal theft. The theft of electric wires is even putting lives at risk.
It is still too easy to trade stolen metal, which is why we need a much tougher licensing regime for dealers, including requiring people selling to scrap metal dealers to prove their identity, and stronger powers for the police to investigate. We need to support legitimate trade but make it simpler to stop organised crime.