SHERWOOD MP Mark Spencer is backing a campaign against metal thefts from War memorials after a rise in the number of crimes in the area.
As the value of metal increases, there has been an increasing number of incidents at places of worship including St Mary’s Church in Edwinstowe which has been targeted seven times.
Now Mr Spencer wants tougher sentences for offenders and is calling on constituents to sign an e-petition started by MP Andrew Bridgen following the theft of a War memorial in Leicestershire.
“I’ve been seeing more and more cases of metal theft in Sherwood, constituents will remember the brand new multi-use games area in Calverton had its gate stolen before we’d even officially opened it,” he said.
“Residents have also been in touch about missing grates and even the churches have been affected – Edwinstowe Church seven times.
“I also met recently with Directly Operated Railways to discuss cable theft on their lines.”
A Private Members’ Bill is being launched in Parliament to tackle the problem but Mr Spencer says positive steps can be taken in the meantime.
“There are positive steps we can take to tackle this problem, the obvious one being to stop cash transactions at scrap yards,” he said.
“This would help deal with the problem without being a further onerous regulation on small businesses.”
The Royal British Legion and The War Memorial Trust are also backing the campaign which can be viewed at www.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions.