Government gives £5 million to metal theft taskforce

The new legislation is supported by strengthened law enforcement activity and £5 million which the government has allocated to a dedicated metal theft taskforce.

Some of this funding will be made available to police forces to ensure the new legislation is enforced and will provide a more level playing field for scrap metal dealers who abide by the law.

The government is also working with Richard Ottaway MP to ensure his Scrap Metal Dealers Bill delivers a stronger and more effective licensing regime for the scrap metal industry. The Bill is expected to receive parliamentary approval in the New Year.

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