New licences system aims to
cut trade in stolen medal

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Scrap metal dealers in Sheffield must register for licences costing £350 under a new law aimed at reducing the illegal metal trade.

Metal has been stolen from church roofs, rail lines and even decorative handles on Sheffield’s Central Library – causing damaging totalling millions of pounds around South Yorkshire in recent years.

The new licences for scrapyards cost £350 for new applicants or £300 for renewals, while metal collectors must pay £150 for a new licence or £100 for a renewal.

A £75 fee will apply for variations to licences, and copies of the licence will cost £10.50.

The change was approved by Sheffield Council’s licensing board and money raised will cover the cost of enforcement. The licensing comes into force from October.