Barbara has asked Home Secretary Theresa May when she will act to deal with increasing levels of the crime of metal theft.
Barbara mentioned a business in Irlam which suffered a metal theft which cost them £170,000 and halted production. Barbara asked what the Government is doing to help police tackle the problem and when the Government would bring forward legislation to deal with metal theft. The Home Secretary admitted metal theft was a serious problem but did not commit to bringing forward Government legislation to deal with it.
Labour MP Graham Jones has now brought forward a 10 Minute Rule Bill to amend the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964. Barbara Keeley is urging the Government to support this Bill.
“Metal theft is an increasing problem in Salford and across the country, affecting local people, businesses and churches. Metal is also being taken from electricity lines and railways, endangering lives and disrupting services.
"We need legislation which will requires scrap metal dealers to establish the origins of metal for sale and we need a system for payments not based on cash and which requires proof of identity of seller and buyer. Metal theft is a serious issue for businesses and local people in Salford and I will continue to raise this until the government takes action.”