Hyslop Welcomes Consultation Tackling Metal Theft
Linlithgow Constituency MSP Fiona Hyslop has welcomed the news of a consultation seeking view on introducing a tougher licensing regime and banning cash payments for metal.
Following an initial consultation last year, this further consultation specifically focuses on what conditions dealers should be subject to under a new licensing regime with all dealers licensed, and the question of cash payments for metal.
“Just last month, metal thieves stole £6,000 worth of copper from Croftmalloch Primary in Whitburn, closing the school and causing considerable financial constraints.
“The kitchen at Croftmalloch Primary also provides food to other schools in the area, so this mindless criminal activity has not just impacted one school, but several throughout the community.
“I am pleased that local police officers are taking firm action against anyone thought to be involved in stealing metal and that this new consultation from the Scottish Government will allow communities who have been affected to have their say in how regulations and licensing would occur.”
Anyone seeking advice on how to guard against metal theft can make contact with their local crime prevention officer, or visit the Metal Theft Scotland website.