BeyondTrust experiences record growth, signif... » PHOENIX: BeyondTrust has announced record growth in 2015 with a significant revenue increase, hundre... Imprimerie Nationale joins the Secure Identity A... » Paris: Imprimerie Nationale has joined the EEIG Secure Identity Alliance (SIA) as a member of the Bo... $10 billion pledged at Syria conference must sup... » London: Peacebuilding charity International Alert welcomes the commitment from world leaders at toda... Time for Nigeria's King Herod to imbibe the virt... » “Justice is the constant and perpetual wish to render to everyone his due’’ – Emperor Justinian I (c... LOCKEN PICKS UP ESB GROUP INNOVATION AWARD » ESB Telecoms Ltd has named their LOCKEN Access System for an award in the category “Application of T... Opengear announces new resilience gateway models ... » Sandy, UT: Opengear has announced the introduction of four new models into its award-winning Resilie... ISPCC Childline and Vodafone Ireland Foundation ... » Working to Keep Children Safe by Keeping Them Connected 4th February 2016 ISPCC Childline and the ... Energy sector IT professionals lack visibility int... » London, UK: Tripwire, Inc. has announced the results of a study conducted for Tripwire by Dimensiona... World leaders in London must put local peacebuildi... » World leaders gathering in London for the high-level conference on “Supporting Syria and the Region”... Imprimerie Nationale joins the Secure Identity A... » Paris: Imprimerie Nationale has joined the EEIG Secure Identity Alliance (SIA) as a member of the Bo...

CLICK HERE TO

Advertise with Vigilance

Got News?

Got news for Vigilance?

Have you got news/articles for us? We welcome news stories and articles from security experts, intelligence analysts, industry players, security correspondents in the main stream media and our numerous readers across the globe.

READ MORE

Intelligence Policing

Metal dealers will no longer be able to trade in cash and will face tougher sanctions for rogue trading, Vigilance can report.

A Home Office source said the measures are designed to stamp out the illegal metal industry, which costs the UK at least £220 million a year, adding from 3 December, legislative changes will take effect to:

• remove the 'no questions asked' cash payments which have allowed unscrupulous traders to evade checks

• increase financial penalties – illegal traders will now face fines of up to £5,000

• give police new powers of entry to tackle illegal trading in metal yard

Metal theft

Crime Prevention Minister Jeremy Browne said: 'Metal theft affects everyone and the impact on our communities is immense. From loss of power to homes and disruption in rail services to desecrated war memorials, all our lives are blighted by this national problem. This is why the government is acting to tackle it. These measures are designed to reform the industry to support legitimate dealers and tighten the net around those who flout the rules.'

Law

It was gathered this legislation is supported by strengthened law enforcement activity and £5million which the government has allocated to a dedicated metal theft taskforce.

Some of this funding will be made available to police forces to ensure the new legislation is enforced and will provide a more level playing field for scrap metal dealers who abide by the law.

Vigilance learnt the government is also working with Richard Ottaway MP to ensure his Scrap Metal Dealers Bill delivers a stronger and more effective licensing regime for the scrap metal industry. The Bill is expected to receive parliamentary approval in the New Year.