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New laws put forward by a Croydon MP Richard Ottaway to ban cash payments for traders who buy scrap metal were debated in the Commons today. Yet a change in legislation is too late for the Henry Moore Foundation whose bronze sculpture worth half a million pounds was stolen.
A Croydon MP has this morning told the House of Commons why scrap metal dealers need to be licensed.
Richard Ottaway has introduced a Private Members Bill after a spate of metal thefts across London.
He believes that a licensing system is the only way to prevent thieves selling stolen metal on.
Carolyn Sim reports.
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Moves to create new laws, to tackle the growing problem of metal theft, will take a step forward today.