David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has backed proposals by the Home Secretary that would see penalties for metal theft increased and cash payments for scrap metal banned.
In a statement to Parliament on 26 January, Rt Hon Theresa May MP said the Government would:
• create a new criminal offence to prohibit cash payments when purchasing scrap metal
• introduce unlimited penalties on those who break the law.
In November last year the Government announced that a dedicated metal theft taskforce would be established.
These changes are part of a wider plan to tackle all stages in the illegal trading of stolen scrap metal and further measures to crack down on rogue dealers will soon be outlined.
Mr Evennett said:
“I have been appalled by the theft of metal from war memorials, national heritage sites, churches and businesses. Many organisations have suffered as a result of this disgraceful behaviour.
“I am therefore pleased that the Government is taking action to increase penalties and tackle the problem of cash transactions”.