New analysis on metal theft raises questions on its success and on how it has encouraged a shift from petty to large-scale organised crime.
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New regulations have come into effect in England and Wales to target rogue traders who buy and sell scrap metal. From 1 October all scrap metal dealers have to apply for a licence from their local council.
Metal theft is a common, costly and fast-growing crime. The battle lines have been drawn and Government, the police and businesses are stepping up to take on the thieves.
Thieves targeting smartphones and tablets have contributed to a 16 per cent rise in theft on the UK’s railway network in the last year, according to the latest figures.
The pressure is mounting on the Scottish Government to push through new regulations to clamp down on metal thieves after extensive cable theft disrupted train services.
A pioneering metal marking process is being trialled in Wigan at a cost of £170,000 to crack down on metal theft from substations.
Trace-in-Metal Ltd has launched an answer to the on-going problem of lead theft from heritage buildings. The new technology uses air rifles to fire non-melting, coded microdots into lead to scare rogue traders from dealing in stolen metal.
Two Romanian nationals have been jailed for a total of almost five years after pleading guilty to stealing more than 200 metres of railway cable.
New official industry figures show the number of metal and cable theft incidents across the UK railway network dropped by two thirds in the last year.
A bridge in South Wales has been forced to close for several weeks on safety grounds after thieves stole huge sections of the structure.