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Government clamps down on metal theft with new Scrap Metal Dealers Act

22 October 2013

The government has introduced new regulations to clamp down on metal theft and rogue metal traders with the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013. As of 1st October, scrap metal dealers must obtain a licence to trade from their local council, and keep verified records of who they buy metal from. The Act also gives local councils and police the power to inspect premises for evidence of illegal metal trading, with fines of up to £5000 for those profiting from stolen metal, and introduces a national register of licenced scrap metal dealers which will be available to the public.

According to the Crime Prevention Minister, Jeremy Browne, “metal theft costs the UK economy around £220 million a year” and has a disruptive effect on local communities which these changes are designed to address.

Read more here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/scrap-metal-laws-to-stop-metal-theft-come-into-force

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