Scrap metal rules see thefts more than halved

Metal thefts affecting Bradford’s electricity network have more than halved since new legislation was introduced as Northern Powergrid revealed that damage caused by vandals across the district cost it £100,000 in 2012.

That is additional to the estimated £250,000 that metal theft costs Bradford Council each year.

On December 3 last year, legislation was introduced, meaning scrap metal dealers could not pay cash for metal in a bid to deter thieves from stealing the scrap to sell on.

That, combined with the introduction of a Metal Theft Taskforce, as part of the British Transport Police, means that metal thefts appear to be dropping.

The Energy Networks Association, which represents the transmission and distribution operators, said that there has been a 30 per cent drop following the cash transaction ban.

Northern Powergrid revealed that 96 electrical theft incidents occurred across West Yorkshire from December 3 to February 1, compared to 207 incidents for the same period the year before. Only three of those were in Bradford in 2012/13, in Liversedge, Cleckheaton and Lidget Green, while there were seven out of the 207 across the district the year before.

For the whole of 2012, 45 incidents were recorded across the whole district, costing £100,000 because of replacing the stolen metal and to increase security at the site and substations targeted.

Councillor Val Slater, the executive member for the environment, said that there did appear to be a decrease, but she cautioned that it was too soon to see if it could be attributed to the new legislation.

“Metal theft and heritage crime are issues that we take seriously as a Council and we have been working actively with partners in a number of ways to address the issues,” she added.

Inspector Andy Gallant, who is leading the Metal Theft Taskforce in the Bradford South division, said: “If you have any information about the theft of metal or its illegal sale, you can contact us on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

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5:33pm Sun 3 Feb 13

Albion. says...

There are still a lot though, someone must be buying it and the sellers obviously know who.
There are still a lot though, someone must be buying it and the sellers obviously know who. Albion.

6:08pm Sun 3 Feb 13

PeterBooth says...

There are still some tinkers, gypsies whatever you wish to call them heading onto the streets everyday around Bradford with scrap cart and sad looking horse. If they have to be paid by cheque or bank transfer ie no cash since Dec, shouldn't the Council be exercising a zero tolerance on scrap dealers to check the new legislation is being enforced. I cant think for one moment that these tinkers are accepting cheques, paying them into the bank and keeping accounts. The " no cash " law is an excellent piece of long overdue legislation but worthless if not followed up by BMDC
There are still some tinkers, gypsies whatever you wish to call them heading onto the streets everyday around Bradford with scrap cart and sad looking horse. If they have to be paid by cheque or bank transfer ie no cash since Dec, shouldn't the Council be exercising a zero tolerance on scrap dealers to check the new legislation is being enforced. I cant think for one moment that these tinkers are accepting cheques, paying them into the bank and keeping accounts. The " no cash " law is an excellent piece of long overdue legislation but worthless if not followed up by BMDC PeterBooth

7:46pm Sun 3 Feb 13

old pecker says...

you cant honsestly belive that these scrap men leave the yard with a cheque can you ??.
No way,, there is one yard i know where Provident have a cheque cashing office next door to the scrap payout office , which provident immediatly exchange the cheque for cash ,, for a small fee of course
you cant honsestly belive that these scrap men leave the yard with a cheque can you ??. No way,, there is one yard i know where Provident have a cheque cashing office next door to the scrap payout office , which provident immediatly exchange the cheque for cash ,, for a small fee of course old pecker

9:01am Mon 4 Feb 13

Biker71 says...

It's a load of rubbish, Dick Lane Metals have a big sign on their fence " Cheques cashed here " so that makes it nice and easy for the thieving lowlifes, they take in their scrap, get a cheque at one end and then cash it as the other... I wonder how many cheques they have issued to Mr M Mouse?
It's a load of rubbish, Dick Lane Metals have a big sign on their fence " Cheques cashed here " so that makes it nice and easy for the thieving lowlifes, they take in their scrap, get a cheque at one end and then cash it as the other... I wonder how many cheques they have issued to Mr M Mouse? Biker71

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