New metal theft laws start in Stroud district
5:21pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
STRICT new laws come into effect this month meaning all scrap metal dealers and motor salvage operators will have to have a licence issued by their local council.
Stroud District Council (SDC) is urging businesses to contact them to receive their license to help clamp down on the estimated 1,000 metal thefts a week in the UK, which costs the country around £220million a year.
The new rules apply to both scrap metal sites and door to door collectors and include a ban on paying for scrap metal in cash and a requirement for dealers to verify the identity of the seller.
It will be an offence for dealers to make “no questions asked” cash payments which help metal thieves and rogue dealers.
Chairman of SDC’s licensing committee, Cllr Gary Powell said the thefts affect everyone, from the stealing of cables that delay train journeys to theft of church roofs and war memorial plaques.
“To be licensed to operate in the Stroud district, traders will have to satisfy the council that they are suitable and that they abide by the strict new rules,” he said.
For further information, or for help on applying for the new licences, email Stroud District Council’s licensing team at email@example.com or call 01453 754404.
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