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Scrap metal bill backed by Bexley MP

PUBLISHED: 13:40 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 13:40 14 February 2013

Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce, who voted for the bill

Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce, who voted for the bill

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A parliamentary bill to curb metal theft from monuments such as war memorials has been backed by Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce.

Bexley has been particularly susceptible to metal theft in recent years, including Crayford and Erith war memorials and the telephone exchange in Sidcup on a number of occ

asions.

The Scrap Metal Dealers Bill received its third reading in the House of Lords on Tuesday, meaning it has passed its final stage in parliament.

The bill proposes a licensing scheme accounting for all scrap metal sales to help police close down rogue traders.

Ms Pearce said: “Metal theft is no petty crime.

“We hear regular reports of metal thefts that target our energy, transport and telecommunications infrastructure, cutting off power and vital services to communities, putting people’s lives in danger.

Even more sickening are the attacks on our churches, crematoriums and war memorials. It is particularly fitting that the bill will make it onto the statute books in the year that marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War.”

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