McKevitt calls for legislation to track stolen metal

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Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
SDLP South Down MLA Karen McKevitt has called for legislation to be introduced to enable the tracking of metal following a spate of metal thefts in her constituency. Speaking to Newry Times, Mrs McKevitt said: “The increase in metal theft in our area is extremely alarming and spans from manhole covers to components of a railway at our fantastic local museum. Not only do these thefts pose a safety risk to people, but they are an attack on our tourism infrastructure and on our local heritage.” “I believe that legislation should be brought forward to enable the tracking of metal so that people do not end up with stolen goods and those responsible for these crimes can be traced more easily by police and be punished for their crimes.” She added, “I appeal for people working in scrap yards, particularly, to be vigilant and to alert the police if they come across any metal pieces which they think may have come from a railway.”
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