New laws on metal theft deal blow to criminals

For immediate release – Friday 9 November 2012

The passing of Richard Ottaway MP’s Scrap Metal Dealers Bill in the House of Commons today has been celebrated by Energy Networks Association (ENA) and the many industries and charities that have campaigned for it for many years.

Tony Glover, Director of Policy at ENA, said:

“We are delighted that MPs have passed this Bill, Richard Ottaway MP has been a champion of tackling this terrible crime and we are pleased to see the efforts of ENA and the coalition of those affected emphasised the need for Parliament and the Government to act. We are grateful to the MPs who have supported this Bill and to the Government for supporting it.

“This change in the law will go a long way to dealing a lasting blow to criminals, we have confidence in the House of Lords to deliver a robust Bill and for the courts to enact tough sentences that will end this scourge on society.”

The Scrap Metal Dealers Bill will require an effective licensing scheme for the metal recycling industry that includes record keeping, tougher rules on itinerant traders and greater powers for the police.

ENA has been working as part of a cross-industry and charity group to call for this change in the law alongside BT, Network Rail, the Church of England, the War Memorials Trust, SITA UK, Calor, the British Metal Recyclers Association and many others.


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

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Tim Field MCIPR,
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