Hyndburn MP welcomes new scrap metal dealing crackdown

First published in Hyndburn

HYNDBURN MP Graham Jones has welcomed the passing of a new law cracking down on illegal scrap metal dealing.

He said the legislation, promoted by Tory backbencher Richard Ottoway, further tightening the regulation of the trade was a major advance.

The final Parliamentary approval of the Scrap Metal Dealers Bill this week follows government action in December to tackle the issue with bigger fines for rogue traders and stronger police rights of entry to scrapyards.

Mr Jones has long campaigned for tough action on a crime that has plagued East Lancashire.

In 2011-2102 there were 2,400 metal thefts across the region, including gas pipes and window frames in Burnley, power line cables in the Ribble Valley and lead from church roofs.

Mr Jones said: “This is good news. It is something I have campaigned on for a long time.

“With the measures brought in last year, we now have the laws to tackle this crime.

“The government accepted most of what we wanted, especially that scrap metal traders vehicles should carry a visible licence plate similar to a taxi.”

Mr Ottoway said: “This marks a significant victory for communities throughout the country. For too long they have provided rich feeding grounds for opportunistic thieves who know they can get rid of stolen metals at rogue or negligent scrap yards.

“Metal theft is no petty crime. It hits at the heart of our daily lives – grinding trains to a halt, cutting off power supplies to hospitals and other lifelines, stripping roofs off churches and schools at huge public expense.”

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9:49am Sun 17 Feb 13

Caspar the ghost says...

Glad to hear that you ae still living Graham. Your Blog column hasn't heard from you for over a year. Did you come onto this subject accidentaly?

Or just nod your head when asked by the reporter?

About time you got a real job Graham!
Glad to hear that you ae still living Graham. Your Blog column hasn't heard from you for over a year. Did you come onto this subject accidentaly? Or just nod your head when asked by the reporter? About time you got a real job Graham! Caspar the ghost
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10:04am Sun 17 Feb 13

Izanears says...

Now the thieves have been stopped stealing lead etc, they are now targeting Cat converters ofn cars, particularly those like 4x4's which have a high body so they can get underneath. The ********** have even taken the cats from ambulances.
Now the thieves have been stopped stealing lead etc, they are now targeting Cat converters ofn cars, particularly those like 4x4's which have a high body so they can get underneath. The ********** have even taken the cats from ambulances. Izanears
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10:30am Sun 17 Feb 13

clickhere says...

Izanears wrote:
Now the thieves have been stopped stealing lead etc, they are now targeting Cat converters ofn cars, particularly those like 4x4's which have a high body so they can get underneath. The ********** have even taken the cats from ambulances.
Shouldn't this be directed to the RSPCA?
[quote][p][bold]Izanears[/bold] wrote: Now the thieves have been stopped stealing lead etc, they are now targeting Cat converters ofn cars, particularly those like 4x4's which have a high body so they can get underneath. The ********** have even taken the cats from ambulances.[/p][/quote]Shouldn't this be directed to the RSPCA? clickhere
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12:41pm Sun 17 Feb 13

notac says...

Is the Right Honourable Member fully aware of the current situation with reagards to this and weighing in scrap metal?

Yes you now get paid by cheque - not crossed so can be cashed anywhere = NO DIFFERENCE!

There are yards in his constituency which will cash the cheque they have given out in the same building = NO DIFFERENCE!!

So not as good a measure as we might all think!
Is the Right Honourable Member fully aware of the current situation with reagards to this and weighing in scrap metal? Yes you now get paid by cheque - not crossed so can be cashed anywhere = NO DIFFERENCE! There are yards in his constituency which will cash the cheque they have given out in the same building = NO DIFFERENCE!! So not as good a measure as we might all think! notac
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8:02pm Sun 17 Feb 13

JohnR1 says...

What he said ^^^ same in Bolton, 3 or 4 cheques in small amounts (under the limit for Cash Generator) and voila, cash within the hour!
Once again, measures to prevent this sort of crime thought out by the numpties in power, cracked by the experts at the coal face.
Stopping them cruising up and down the estates twice daily looking for items to steal would be a move in the right direction.
What he said ^^^ same in Bolton, 3 or 4 cheques in small amounts (under the limit for Cash Generator) and voila, cash within the hour! Once again, measures to prevent this sort of crime thought out by the numpties in power, cracked by the experts at the coal face. Stopping them cruising up and down the estates twice daily looking for items to steal would be a move in the right direction. JohnR1
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11:33pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Jack Herer says...

Caspar the ghost wrote:
Glad to hear that you ae still living Graham. Your Blog column hasn't heard from you for over a year. Did you come onto this subject accidentaly?

Or just nod your head when asked by the reporter?

About time you got a real job Graham!
In fairness Graham Jones, more than any politician, has tried to do something about this issue, as well as other worthwhile causes.

You shouldn't base your opinion of him on his blog column. He does a decent job.
[quote][p][bold]Caspar the ghost[/bold] wrote: Glad to hear that you ae still living Graham. Your Blog column hasn't heard from you for over a year. Did you come onto this subject accidentaly? Or just nod your head when asked by the reporter? About time you got a real job Graham![/p][/quote]In fairness Graham Jones, more than any politician, has tried to do something about this issue, as well as other worthwhile causes. You shouldn't base your opinion of him on his blog column. He does a decent job. Jack Herer
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8:05am Tue 19 Feb 13

Cllr Ken Moss says...

Caspar the ghost wrote:
Glad to hear that you ae still living Graham. Your Blog column hasn't heard from you for over a year. Did you come onto this subject accidentaly?

Or just nod your head when asked by the reporter?

About time you got a real job Graham!
Graham updates his blog pretty much every day, he is also a regular contributor to the Hyndburn Labour blog as well. I feel very lucky to have him as a colleague as he keeps us fully informed of his work and will go out of his way to provide assistance.

With regard to scrap metal cheques that can be cashed, there is still a paper trail and, even though there is still a way to go in tackling the problem of theft, the system is much improved. I'm grateful to Graham for taking such a hard-line stance on this.
[quote][p][bold]Caspar the ghost[/bold] wrote: Glad to hear that you ae still living Graham. Your Blog column hasn't heard from you for over a year. Did you come onto this subject accidentaly? Or just nod your head when asked by the reporter? About time you got a real job Graham![/p][/quote]Graham updates his blog pretty much every day, he is also a regular contributor to the Hyndburn Labour blog as well. I feel very lucky to have him as a colleague as he keeps us fully informed of his work and will go out of his way to provide assistance. With regard to scrap metal cheques that can be cashed, there is still a paper trail and, even though there is still a way to go in tackling the problem of theft, the system is much improved. I'm grateful to Graham for taking such a hard-line stance on this. Cllr Ken Moss
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