Furthermore, all players in the rail industry are collaborating to try and secure a change to legislation to increase the penalties on criminals found guilty of stealing the cables and make it more difficult for scrap metal merchants to trade in stolen metal. Measures being called for include:
• a new licensing scheme with rigorous requirements relating to identification and quarantine of metals received;
• restrictions to cash transactions;
• significant penalties for non compliance with direct links to proceeds of crime legislation; and
• powers for the police to close premises that breach conditions and seize assets.