Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Any Old Iron?
In the last month I have seen a couple of cases of the currently prevalent crime of stealing metal to sell into the burgeoning scrap trade. We sent both to the Crown Court, even though the value in one case was only a few hundred pounds, well below the guideline threshold for sending it off to Hizonner. We took account of prevalence, of the vulnerable victims that serve the public, and the collateral damage in which one church hall ended up with a bill approaching £20,000 to replace £200 worth of cable. Both offenders had cut live cables, showing disregard for the risk of a penalty far higher than any that my colleagues and I can impose.