Metal at a scrapyard
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MPs call for tighter laws on 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.

Rail Minister Norman Baker said it was considering new legislation to regulate the scrap metal industry.

Richard Westcott reports.

  • 26 Jan 2012
  • From the section UK