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Call for laws to combat metal theft – 20 January 2014

Scrap Metal Dealers Bill consultation paper has been issued online calling for public input. This is in response to metal theft crimes, of which there were over 1500 in Northern Ireland last year. If approved, new legislation would end cash transactions of metal and instead creating an audit trail. The 1964 Scrap Metal Dealers Act in England was recently been updated to provide an audit trail of metal sales, yet no such legislation exists in Northern Ireland. Consultation closes on 1 February 2014