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Scrapping metal theft

Scores of dealers will be subject to licensing regulations under tough new measures to clamp down on metal thieves announced by the Justice Secretary.

Kenny MacAskill made the announcement as he joined British Transport Police and the Association of Chief Police Officers Scotland for the launch of their Cut Out Metal Theft campaign.

Metal dealers with a annual turnover of £1,000,000 or less will require a licence. This raises the exemption limit from the current level of £100,000, which is considered not fit for purpose given the increase in value over recent years.

The Government is also likely to remove the exemption entirely to bring all dealers into the scheme and will work with the industry to ensure these plans are workable.

“The Scottish Government is taking tough steps to scrap metal theft. With the cost to the UK economy being put as high as £770 million, the status quo is untenable,” said Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill. “We will take action on cash payments for metal to remove the attraction of easy ‘ready cash’ payments


June  2012


  • Long leases bill (28 June 2012)
  • Consultation on reform of insurance law (26 June 2012)
  • New Managing Partner and Chairman for Dundas & Wilson (25 June 2012)
  • A ‘more open and just’ justice system (21 June 2012)
  • Appointment of new Lord Justice Clerk (20 June 2012)
  • EU strategy against human trafficking (19 June 2012)
  • More efficient workplace dispute resolution (15 June 2012)
  • Commissioner issues first decisions (13 June 2012)
  • Changes to the international patent system (11 June 2012)
  • Appointment of Lord President and Senators (08 June 2012)
  • Scrapping metal theft (06 June 2012)
  • Proposed new EU Regulation re electronic ID schemes (05 June 2012)