A public meeting of the County Donegal Joint Policing Committee has heard calls for the introduction of new laws to regulate and licence scrap metal dealers.
It follows a significant increase in thefts of copper, lead and other metals across the county, with empty houses now the latest target.
In some instances, this has led to serious damage.
The meeting was told that metals can be sold on for cash, and that needs to be addressed.
The chair of the Donegal JPC is Cllr Patrick Mc Gowan...........