Ottaway proposes measure to tackle lead theft
Richard Ottaway, MP for Croydon South, has written to the Government to propose an amendment to the current legislation on the sale of scrap metal and hence hinder metal thieves trying to profit from their criminal activities.
“I am very concerned about the ongoing problem of the theft of lead and other metals from public buildings. In the past fortnight we have heard of the substantial damage and cost to Croydon Parish Church estimated to be in excess of £110,000, following the activities of metal thieves.
“I am also aware of a number of buildings, churches and schools which have been targeted in my constituency. The costs to the owners of the properties and to their insurers are becoming evermore burdensome, with some buildings being repeatedly targeted.
“Having taken a close look at the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 I believe that this could be tightened and I have written to the Government to propose that anyone selling scrap metal has to prove their identification (by photographic ID) and the person buying can only make payment by cheque after the metal being sold has been photographed.
“I am delighted to have the support of a leading buildings insurer and local churches with this proposal and I very much hope that the Government will also respond positively.”