Louise Ellman
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MPs call for new rules on scrap dealers to prevent metal theft

Anyone trying to sell scrap metal should have to prove their identity, a group of MPs has said.

The Transport Select Committee also said the government should test a ban on cash payments for scrap to try to tackle the problem of metal theft.

Thefts from railways caused disruption to 3.8 million passengers last year and cost more than £16m.

Committee chairman and Labour MP Louise Ellman told BBC Breakfast that the industry was so far a bit like "a Steptoe and Son situation... no questions asked".

  • 26 Jan 2012
  • From the section UK
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