Government supports ENA calls for metal theft law changes

For immediate release – Wednesday 8 February 2012

Lord Henley has today announced that Government will introduce new legislation into the next Parliamentary session to combat epidemic of metal theft.

Commenting on Lord Henley's announcement at the ACPO Seminar, Energy Networks Association Chief Executive David Smith said:

"This is a significant step forward for the campaign to address this hole in the law. We strongly welcome the commitment from the Government and call on them to introduce new laws urgently in the next session. We have always called for a comprehensive set of measures to address this dangerous crime and these are positive proposals from Lord Henley."

ENA, along with companies and organisations such as BT, Network Rail, English Heritage and the War Memorials Trust, has been working together calling for a number of measures, including:

  • A robust licensing scheme for scrap metal dealers to replace the present registration scheme

  • A licence fee to fund the regulation of the licence

  • Greater police powers to close unscrupulous scrap metal dealers in line with alcohol licensing

  • Police authority to search and investigate all premises owned and operated by scrap metal dealers

  • Use of photo identification and CCTV to identify sellers of scrap metal, and their vehicles

  • Vehicle badging for mobile scrap metal dealers

  • Magistrates' powers to add licence restrictions and prevent closed yards from re-opening


Notes to editors

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

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