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New licence for scrap metal dealers in Dacorum to help stop thefts
Anyone buying or selling scrap metal in Dacorum will now have to carry a special licence.
The move is part of new legislation which aims to stamp out the black market trade in stolen scrap metal and address national concern over metal theft from churches and other historic buildings, railways and communications networks.
From October 1 it is also a new criminal offence for any scrap dealer to pay for scrap metal by cash. People selling scrap metal must be paid by cheque or electronic bank transfer and show official identification.
Councillor Neil Harden, Portfolio Holder for Residents and Regulatory Services, said: "We’ll be working closely with Herts Constabulary, British Transport Police and Environment Agency to make sure local scrap metal businesses follow the new law.
"We’ve already written to around 20 businesses who we think are affected. We’re encouraging any other businesses - particularly mobile collectors operating in Dacorum - to contact us as soon as possible."
Under the new law (Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013), anyone continuing business as a scrap metal dealer will need to obtain new licences from their local council.
For the first time, councils will have powers to formally assess these licence applications. These may be refused, if applicants or site managers have unspent convictions for relevant offences. Applicants and site managers will have to provide criminal record certificates with their applications.
All scrap metal dealers will have to display their new licences on site - or in vehicles if they hold a mobile collectors licence. Mobile dealers who operate within different areas will need to apply for a licence from each local authority.
Dacorum Borough Council will also have new powers to revoke licences where businesses have been convicted of criminal activity. Both council and police officers will receive new powers to close down unlicensed scrap metal sites.
For more information, go to www.dacorum.gov.uk/scrapmetal, or email email@example.com or call 01442 228000 and ask for licensing.
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