New metal theft laws are welcomed

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22 Nov 2012

Rosie believes “tough new laws” will help the police and Doncaster Council combat metal theft.

She said the new powers, due on December 3, will introduce bigger fines for rogue traders and stronger police rights of entry to scrapyards.

Rosie said: “The new laws will outlaw cash payments for scrap metal and propose measures to create a new national register of scrap metal dealers.

“There will also be new powers for local authorities, including Doncaster Council, to revoke scrap metal trading licences and for the police to take action against unregistered dealers.”

The legislation will also give police the power to close down illegal traders and suspend or remove licenses from those found not to be trading properly.
 
Rosie added: “Metal theft is a real and growing problem that affects people all over Doncaster and costs businesses in our borough thousands of pounds.
 
“I voted in favour of these tough new laws and believe they will be a welcome addition to the armoury that the police and local authorities have to tackle rogue traders and metal theft.”


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Rosie Winterton MP for Doncaster Central
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