Churches are celebrating after the Government announced a plan to outlaw the sale of scrap metal for cash.
The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has announced tough new laws, which will end the ‘Steptoe and Son’ culture of cash for scrap.
It is hoped that if enacted, these laws will put an end to the rash of metal thefts which have been blighting up to ten churched every day, as well as causing massive problems on railways and to telephone systems.
In a parliamentary statement, Mrs May said: "There is an urgent need to make stealing metal less attractive to criminals, and tackling the stolen metal market will act as a significant deterrent".
Anne Sloman, Chair of the Church of England's Cathedral and Church Buildings Council, said: "This is excellent news. The Church has campaigned for a long time for legislation to outlaw cash transactions for scrap metal.
"We are still suffering the theft of lead from ten church roofs a day, and every weapon the Government and the police can use to help us combat this crime is greatly to be welcomed."
January 27th, 2012 - Posted & Written by Simon Cross