A NEW report released today by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Metal, Stone and Heritage has revealed a startling increase in metal theft across the UK, costing the economy an estimated half a billion pounds in the last year alone.
This surge in metal theft, driven by organised crime groups, has been escalating since 2019, with the total cost over the past decade reaching a staggering £4.3 billion.
Pembrokeshire has seen its fair share of this kind of theft, including internet cables being stolen in Pembroke Dock last week. Police are investigating.
Andrew Selous, MP and Chair of the APPG, highlighted the critical role of metal in our daily lives, from infrastructure to personal devices. Selous expressed concern over the rising incidents of theft, particularly from churches and public utilities, which are often miscategorised as ‘non dwelling burglaries’, masking the true extent of this pervasive issue.
In-Depth Inquiry into Metal Theft
The APPG’s comprehensive report, a culmination of a year-long inquiry, involved discussions…