Police show 'metal' as they visit dealers, motor salvage operators and vehicle dismantlers (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Police show 'metal' as they visit dealers, motor salvage operators and vehicle dismantlers
7:50pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
SCRAP yards across Cumbria were receiving special attention from the police today.
Operation Amber was a national day of co-ordinated police action and follows the introduction of new legislation on October 1 which becomes enforceable from December.
Officers are checking scrap metal dealers are complying with terms set down in the new Scrap Metal Dealers Act, and giving advice where needed.
Police say metal theft 'can cause misery to local communities'.
Bob Qazi, Detective Chief Inspector, said: “Although in Cumbria there is a very good relationship between the police and the majority of metal dealers in the county, there are still times criminals are attempting to weigh in stolen metal.
“It is therefore necessary for us to work with the dealers through regular yard checks and visits. In addition, the new legislation around licensing now applies, not only to dealers but also to itinerant collectors.
"One of the main purposes of today’s day of action is to target those we believe are such itinerant collectors and educate them about the requirements for them to register for licences too."
“Metal theft is still a problem across the country and in Cumbria we will not rest on our laurels and do our best to reduce and combat cases of theft."
The new act requires dealers, motor salvage operators or vehicle dismantlers who run a business, a site or a mobile/itinerant collector will need to comply with the legislation and will require a licence to trade.
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