New Scrap Metal Dealers Act is good news for West Midlands

Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones has welcomed the new law targeting trade in stolen metal which came into force on 1 October.

 Bob Jones said:

 "After years of cross-party campaigning at local and national levels, with the engagement of many other organisations and business leaders, the law changed in December 2012.  It meant that anyone selling scrap metal would have to show photo ID and would not be able to be paid cash for their wares.
 
"The new Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 is aimed at preventing the theft of metal and means that Act, all dealers, motor salvage operators and itinerant collectors must obtain a licence from each local authority where they operate.

"This is good news for the West Midlands, where we have suffered more than other parts of the country, with high levels of metal theft, including theft from the rail transport infrastructure such as power cables and signalling equipment and the consequent detrimental effect on our rail services.
 
"It is therefore welcome news that the National Metal Theft Taskforce led by the British Transport Police within the United Kingdom, has helped to reduce metal thefts nationally with reductions of 47% across the West Midlands force area.
 
"In the past, the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 did not place the onus upon the dealers to ensure the traceability of the seller as transactions were in cash and police powers to enter and inspect premises were very limited.  The new Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 will help to address these issues.
 
"Metal theft also involves theft of metal from the exterior of residential/commercial properties or the desecration of war memorials. It is an issue that adversely affects our local communities and the economic well-being of the West Midlands and it is reassuring to see that the new Act is a step in the right direction toward improving this situation."

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