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School welcomes new law to prevent metal theft
10:00am Thursday 7th March 2013 in News
THE headteacher of a school forced to shut after metal theft caused flooding has welcomed a new law to stop metal thefts.
The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, which has now been given Royal Assent, is expected to help cut the rate of scrap metal thefts.
It means scrap metal dealers have to register with local authorities and cannot complete cash-in-hand transactions.
In September, John Crane, headteacher Thorpe’s Rolph School, arrived to find the schools main hall and offices flooded after lead flashing was taken from the roof.
He was forced to send pupils home due to the safety risk.
“Any move by the Government to make things better and prevent metal theft is a move in the right direction,” Mr Crane said.
“I’m pleased they have done this and hope it works.
“I was here working the day metal theft from the roof caused flooding in the school, but it really affected the children who are the real victims."