David Millward writes in the Daily Telegraph:
People selling scrap metal will have to show proof of identity under a pilot scheme which comes into force next week.
An estimated 240 dealers in north east England have signed up to the project which could be rolled out to the rest of the country as the Government looks to stem the wave of thefts which are costing the economy an estimated £1 billion a year.
The six-month trial, known as Operation Tornado, is seen as a dry run for legislation which could be introduced next year.
“It is one of a number of measures that is currently being explored to restrict the sale and movement of stolen metal,” said Chief Insp Robin Edwards, a spokesman for the Association of Chief Police Officers.
“It has been designed not to inhibit those dealers that operate legitimate businesses, but to remove unscrupulous dealers who operate outside the law.”
Under the new scheme, sellers of scrap metal will have to produce either a photocard driving licence, or a passport or national ID card, as well as a utility bill less than three months old.