New laws close in on scrap crime
NEW regulations covering scrap metal dealing could help reduce metal theft in the district.
Anyone collecting or handling scrap metal, or running a motor salvage operation in North Kesteven must now have a licence issued by the district council.
It is hoped the new measures under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 should make the disposal of stolen scrap metal significantly more difficult.
NKDC now has more powers, including the revocation or refusal of a licence, if a dealer is considered unsuitable.
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The also have increased opportunity to enter and inspect premises and the ability to set licence fees locally.
The measures took effect from October 1 and trading without a licence is now a criminal offence.
NKDC set a fee which covers the cost of regular inspections and rigorous enforcement.
Executive Board member responsible for licensing, Councillor Richard Wright, said the council anticipated around 10 applications for licences, with collectors due to pay £147 for a three-year licence, and dealers £1,285.70 to be able to trade for three years.
He said: "There is no doubt that the people of North Kesteven have suffered hugely because of metal thefts, whether directly or indirectly in the way they affect public and community services, and it's right that we do all that we can to regulate the trade of scrap metal – both legitimate and illegal."