Man fined for operating without a scrap metal licence in Burntwood

A scrap metal dealer has been ordered to pay £642 after being found operating without a licence in Burntwood.

Luke Wallis, from Chase Road in Brownhills, pleaded guilty to operating as a scrap metal dealer without the scrap metal licence.

The 24-year-old was stopped in January. He was fined £90 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £20. Lichfield District Council was awarded costs of £532.

Diane Tilley, chief executive of Lichfield District Council, said: “It is important that scrap metal dealers are operating within the law and can prove they are properly licensed and keep records to show where they have collected.

“We’re pleased with the result of this case – it is part of a wider operation to tackle rogue scrap dealers and we have a number of other investigations ongoing.”

On top of this prosecution, in another case, the council has also cautioned Peter Phazey of Woodshot Avenue in Handsacre. This was after officers stopped the scrap metal vehicle Mr Phazey was a passenger in, and he could not provide his own scrap metal dealer licence. Under the new legislation, everyone traveling in a scrap metal vehicle must be licensed.

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