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MPs to debate metal dealer regulation amid rising thefts

The theft of metal cable from power stations and railway lines is costing hundreds of millions of pounds a year and could put lives at risk.

MPs are to debate giving greater powers to regulate the scrap metal industry, with councils across the UK also calling for a change.

There has been a huge surge in the theft of metals such as copper, lead and bronze.

Ed Thomas reports.

  • 14 Nov 2011
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