Justice secretary Kenny MacAskill moves to cut metal theft

JUSTICE secretary Kenny MacAskill has revealed more proposals to metal theft from buildings and other sites. The consultation seeks views on introducing a tougher licensing regime and banning cash payments.

MacAskill was joined at St Mary’s RC Cathedral in Edinburgh by officers from Police Scotland and the British Transport Police as he announced the proposed measures. St Mary’s has been hit by thieves stealing lead from the roof, causing significant damage to the building.
“The police are doing what they can to bring those responsible for crimes such as this to justice and they will continue to have my full support. But we know more can be done and we will take tough steps through legislation. With the cost to the UK economy being put as high as £770m, the status quo is untenable.”