New licensing law will help Bolton police beat scrap metal thieves
11:04am Friday 4th October 2013 in News
THE war on metal thieves in Bolton has been strengthened with the introduction of a new law.
Scrap metal dealers, motor salvage operators and collectors must obtain a licence from each local authority in the area they work by October 15.
Dealers and collectors must have undergone background checks to ensure they are fit to run a business, and can now only trade in cheques or bank transfers so there is a record of each transaction.
The act reinforces work already being carried out under Operation Alloy, which has been run in Bolton, to reduce metal theft.
Under the Scrap Metal Act all sellers of metal must also provide personal identification at the point of sale, which is recorded by the scrap dealer or collector.
Police and local authorities will have new powers to enter and inspect sites, and local authorities the power to revoke licences or issue closure notices.
Greater Manchester Police’s Deputy Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “The main purpose of this law is to make it much harder for metal thieves to operate.
“Far from being a victimless crime, metal theft causes huge inconvenience to people in the form of power cuts, trams being put out of service or broadband and telephone networks being affected.”
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