Victims hear from MP who will call time on metal thieves

For immediate release – Monday 28 May 2012

Richard Ottaway MP, will address victims of metal theft tonight (Monday 28 May) after he announced, over the weekend, that he will introduce a Private Members Bill to re-regulate the scrap metal industry.

Ottaway was selected second in the MPs ballot for his Bill to be granted Parliamentary time and his address at Energy Networks Association’s event at Lancaster House this evening will be his first to a large gathering of victims, campaigners and the metal recycling industry.

Home Office Minister of State for Crime Prevention and Anti-Social Behaviour Reduction, Lord Henley, said:

“The Government will be working closely with [Richard Ottaway] to ensure that the Bill will deliver a stronger and more effective licensing regime for the scrap metal industry, replacing the outdated Scrap Metal Dealers Act. I hope this Bill will receive support from across the House.

“By strengthening the law, we are seeking to crack down on rogue dealers and removing the easy, low risk reward for the criminals that supply them. There is more to be done and I am certain that the bill being introduced by Richard Ottaway in addition to continued partnership working will ensure we can all play a part in tackling this most damaging crime.”

Welcoming the announcement from Mr Ottaway, ENA Chief Executive David Smith said:

“We are delighted that Mr Ottaway will champion this issue with us and are encouraged by the Government’s commitment to new legislation to tackle this dangerous and destructive crime. Achieving a cashless system was hugely positive, but tougher legislation to introduce robust licensing and identification, alongside stronger police powers, are greatly needed.”

Mr Ottaway will be speaking alongside Lord Faulkner who blazed the trail in the House of Lords for the introduction of cashless transactions. The event today will be attended by representatives of the energy networks companies, BT, Network rail, the Church of England, English Heritage and metal recyclers, all of whom support the calls for a change in the law.

ENDS

ENA represents the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.

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Energy Networks Association
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