Metal theft laws come into force

For immediate release – Monday 30 September 2013

Energy Networks Association (ENA) has welcomed the coming into force of new laws in England and Wales to tackle disreputable scrap recyclers and metal thieves as a big step towards addressing a crime which risks the lives of innocent people and costs millions of pounds. ENA’s Chief Executive, David Smith, said:

"The tough licensing scheme and the powers for enforcement to stop this mindless and destructive crime will deal a firm blow to those who wish to cut essential supplies to homes and business and risking the lives of innocent people.

"The networks will continue to work with local authorities and police to make their assets more secure to aid the enforcement of these new laws. ENA will also be hosting a Scottish Parliamentary Metal Theft Summit on 31 October in Holyrood to help inform the development of new laws in Scotland to stop the selling of metal north of the border."

The Metal Theft Summit will hear from organisations, charities, companies, other victims of metal theft as well as law enforcement and Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill will set out his hopes for new legislation to be debated during the next Parliament in Scotland.


Notes to editors

ENA is the voice of the networks representing 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,
Head of Press and Public Affairs
Energy Networks Association
E: [email protected]
T: +44 (0)207 706 5157
M: +44 (0)7725 372 758

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