A new taskforce to tackle thieves and toughen up scrap metal yard regulations has been allocated £5m by the Government, transport minister Norman Baker has announced.
The latest move comes as the UK road network is being targeted by metal thieves who are eager to get their hands on the copper cable that serves street lights.
In West Yorkshire, thieves have stolen cable worth over £200,000 from roads from Leeds city centre to the M1.
They steal cable to sell the copper inside, which can fetch over £2.10 per pound in Britain.
Metallic signalling cable from the rail network in the UK has previously been targeted by metal thieves.
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