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Crewe MP welcomes law to tackle scourge of metal theft
MP for Crewe and Nantwich, Edward Timpson, has welcomed a new law which will reform the scrap metal industry and tackle the scourge of metal theft.
The Scrap Metal Dealers Bill was taken through Parliament with support from the Government.
This week it passed its final stage in the House of Lords.
It will reform outdated rules governing the scrap metal industry, creating a tougher, locally administered, licence regime.
It aims to help honest dealers while containing strong powers to stop the trade in stolen metal. For the first time it gives the police and local authorities the power to close down unlicensed dealers.
Edward Timpson said: “Metal theft is a scourge. Stolen power cables mean power cuts and delays on the railway, while stolen lead from church roofs and memorial plaques can cause misery.”
He added that local people would be pleased that the reforms would ‘tighten the net around the dodgy dealers.’