Police have warned that they will get tough to enforce new laws to tackle scrap metal theft in Norfolk.

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Norfolk police said changes to the Scrap Metal Dealers Act means that, from Monday, it will be an offence to use cash to pay for scrap, whether it is collected door to door or taken to a dealer.

All scrap metal traders will also have to be registered with their local authority.

Detective Sergeant Pete Jessop, from Norfolk police’s Operation RADAR, the team which deals with doorstep crime in the county, said: “The change has been brought in to modernise the industry and to make all those concerned more accountable to where the money comes from and goes to.

“If only cheques and bank transfers are used, everything is more traceable and in the fight against metal theft this is a massive step forward.”

The cashless model is being brought in all across England and Wales and will affect not only the established yards in Norfolk, but anyone collecting scrap as part of their business.

Det Sgt Jessop said: “Anyone who collects metal in this way and fails to register or pays in cash commits an offence and will be dealt with by the police and potentially prosecuted by their council.

“There are some situations where exemptions to the new law may apply, but these are limited and we are working with the relevant councils to deal with these.

“Householders and businesses also have a responsibility when it comes to getting rid of scrap metal. Taking it to the scrap site after Monday and selling it to them will have to result in a crossed cheque or a bank transfer so a bank account is required.

“However, if you give it to a collector who comes to your door, you have responsibilities around how your waste is disposed of so the paperwork should be completed.”

Operation RADAR is working with Norfolk’s district councils to help them prepare for the increased amount of people and businesses registering.

Anyone concerned about illegal scrap metal dealing in their area, or anyone offered cash for their scrap from Monday, should contact Norfolk Police on 101 or dial 999 if a crime is in progress.

10 comments

  • Don't think this will go down to well the Didicoy boyz, which will end with a big fat 'uman rites' demand.

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    nrg

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • jwillis, tad harsh old bean...some do a fine service of clearing old washing machines etc from outside homes for nowt. Saved mrs nrg from carting it down to the dump.

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    nrg

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • off course they will, with 25 million to be cut from their budge,t they will have nothing better to do than to police the scrap metal dealers.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • So only derogative knuckle dragging comments are allowed tonight, what a surprise, the EDP managing consent unit in full flow and at its best. Did they know there are 155.000 registered scrap dealers? and that they not all pass your' didicoy filter? This whole article is sheer brass, they have not got the time to do it and will face cuts of 25 million in the next 3 years.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, November 30, 2012

  • More promises from the Police to carry out their duty, which we all know will be unenforceable. The mind Boggles

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    Farquarson-Smythe

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • So only derogative knuckle dragging comments are allowed tonight, what a surprise, the EDP managing consent unit in full flow and at its best. Did they know there are 155.000 registered scrap dealers? and that they not all pass your' didicoy filter? This whole article is sheer brass, they have not got the time to do it and will face cuts of 25 million in the next 3 years.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • if you got rid of all the didicoystravellors etc you would not have this issue. They are a blight on country living. bunch of thieves, tax evaders and moochers off the tax payers in the country

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    jwillis

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • Its the dealers who buy the scrap from the thieves that are the problem---they know that huge amounts of heavy duty cabling are probably stolen, but they buy it regardless, the new rules will make no difference.

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    Orson Carter

    Friday, November 30, 2012

  • So the Police are to get tough on metal thieves? What were they doing before? Pathetic.

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    alecto

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • Off course they will whilst faced with 25 million cuts in the Norfolk police service, they'll have nothing better to do than to follow scrap dealers around all day, checking cheques.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

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