POLICE in South Derbyshire and North West Leicestershire are warning scrap metal dealers they need to ensure they are licensed under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 which has recently been put in place.
The act was implemented on the October 1 and will be enforced from the December 1.
Any person running a business as a scrap metal dealer, motor salvage operator or vehicle dismantler will require a licence to trade.
Derbyshire Police and their Leicestershire counterparts are joining forces with council officers to make sure that people are sticking to the new rules.
PC 2940 Graham Wells, from North West Leicestershire Police, said: “Metal theft has been a problem for us and officers across boarder, and the new legislation will help us tackle the issue.
“I would urge any scrap metal business to take the necessary steps to ensure they are properly licensed.
“We will continue to work with North West Leicestershire Council to raise awareness of the new legislation and the requirements that surround it.”
Scrap metal dealers who operate without a licence after December 1 may be subject to prosecution under the new act and face a fine or be the subject of a closure order.
More information and guidance can be found by online at
www.gov.uk and www.disclosurescotland.co.uk/apply
Anyone with any information about metal thefts should call 101.