Decisive action is needed to tackle metal theft as the crime reaches epidemic proportions and increasingly puts both lives and livelihoods at risk.
Coventry City councillor, Ed Ruane said moves are now needed to bring the situation under control giving the Police and local councils more powers to act.
Cllr. Ruane accused the government of being far too slow to act, asserting that a much tougher licensing regime was now needed for scrap metal dealers.
Cllr.Ruane (Lab, Henley) said: “Metal theft is becoming an epidemic and urgent action is needed from the Home Office to stop this getting out of control.”
“It is still too easy to trade stolen metal. We need a much tougher licensing regime for dealers, including requiring people selling to scrap metal dealers to prove their identity, and stronger powers for the police to investigate.”
“When cases are becoming increasingly serious, the Home Office shouldn't turn a blind eye or just leave it to the police,” he added. “We need action.”