MP backs scrap metal crime plans

BOSTON and Skegness MP Mark Simmonds has voiced his support for the Government’s tough penalties for metal theft.

He made his comments following the Home Secretary Theresa May’s announcement, last week, that cash payments for scrap metal will be banned and penalties increased.

He said: “People across Boston and Skegness are appalled by metal thieves and the criminals who deal in stolen metal.

“We need to protect businesses, the public and our national heritage from metal theft and that’s why I’m pleased to back the Government’s action.

“It’s right that the Government is stopping cash payments and introducing tough penalties to clamp down on the illegal metal trade”

In a statement to Parliament, Mrs May said the Government would create a new criminal offence to prohibit cash payments when purchasing scrap metal and introduce unlimited penalties on those who break the law.

This news comes after a number of metal thefts in the area, including lead being taken from churches.