Energy networks celebrate the tightening noose on metal theft

For immediate release – Friday 13 July 2012

Energy Networks Association (ENA) is today celebrating the passing of the second reading of the Scrap Metal Dealers Bill. Richard Ottaway MP’s Bill will deliver much-needed changes to legislation to tackle this dangerous and destructive crime.

Commenting on the unopposed passing of the Bill, ENA Chief Executive David Smith said:

“This is a huge step forward and the noose is tightening around a crime that disrupts vital services and disrespects our heritage and memorials. ENA has campaigned for a raft of new measures that we are delighted to see included in Mr Ottaway’s Bill. The new Scrap Metal Dealers Bill is essential to stamp out a dangerous crime that costs lives as well as billions of pounds from the nation’s pockets every year.”

ENA has been working closely with Mr Ottaway, the Home Office and other victims of metal theft to support this Government supported Bill.

Instances of metal theft attacks against the energy networks rose to an average 21 attacks per day in 2011 and still remains high at 16 per day.

The measures ENA have been calling for and that are included within the Bill, include:

  • A robust licensing regime that is funded by the industry

  • Stronger Local Authority and Magistrates powers

  • Tougher police powers to tackle those who break the law 

  • Strict rules on proof of ID for the seller and the metal


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

For further information please contact:

Tim Field MCIPR,
Press and Public Affairs Executive
Energy Networks Association
E: [email protected]
T: +44 (0)207 706 5157
M: +44 (0)7725 372 758
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