Bill to go before Parliament today to introduce cashless trades for scrap dealers

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A Private Member’s Bill will be introduced before Parliament today that will seek to introduce a cashless business for scrap metal firms.

The Metal Thefts Prevention Private Member’s Bill is being brought before Parliament by the Labour MP for Hyndburn in Lancashire Graham Jones.

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The legislation would give police and magistrates more power to close scrap yards that operate outside the law, as well as move towards a cashless system that would also require proof of identity and address.

Graham Jones said: “This Bill will finally close the holes in the regulatory system around metal theft which makes it far too easy for people to make money from stolen metal. It’s time to get tough on this endemic crime.

“Metal theft in this country is a crime which is out of control and it’s about time the Government took swift, firm action.”