By Beth Sharp Monday 07 October 2013 Updated: 09/10 00:14
METAL traders across Rubery and Bromsgrove have been warned they will need a licence to buy and sell scrap metal or face stiff penalties.
As of the start of this month, collectors require a scrap metal permit from Bromsgrove District Council.
To obtain one they will need to pass a 'fit and proper persons' test.
It will also be considered an offence for anyone to accept cash for scrap metal, with the act fully coming into force from December 1.
Last year the Government chose to change the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 after the Home Office estimated £260million was lost in 2010 to 2011 from metal thieves.
Coun Lucy Hodgson, Worcestershire County Council's cabinet member responsible for localism and communities, said that the changes will benefit both legitimate traders and the general public by helping to drive standards across the industry.
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