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Manufacturer calls for scrappage law change

Yorkshire Copper Tube’s commercial director, Neil Overton, has called for the government to review its laws on metal scrappage to help plumbers across the UK.

Metal theft is continuing to rise, leading to increasing problems for businesses. In other parts of Europe, people are required to give their full personal details and a bank account for money to be transferred into when trading in scrap metal.

Overton believes this would be a way of deterring thieves. He said: “Our colleagues overseas are flabbergasted by how relaxed the laws are in the UK for regulating the sale of scrap metal and we are urging the government to have a rethink to help small businesses across the UK.

“One such business is that of Owen Thomas, who runs AT Plumbing in Cheltenham. A metal thief targeted his home twice in one day in November, which is incredulous.”

After reading about Thomas’s plight, Overton presented him with £300 worth of copper tube to replace what had been stolen.

He continues: “We are very supportive of smaller businesses that keep traditional plumbing alive by using copper tubing.

“Whilst we are unable replace everyone’s stolen copper we are able to use our position in the industry to call for a change to scrappage laws, which is something we will be focusing on in 2012.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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