Council stepping up battle with unlicenced scrap metal collectors

Seven cases involving scrap metal collectors operating without licences are being pursued by Lichfield District Council.

Cllr Colin Greatorex

Cllr Colin Greatorex

The local authority has already successfully prosecuted one and says it is now tackling more as it steps up patrols with police across the region.

Councillor Colin Greatorex said: “It is so important that scrap metal dealers are operating within the law, which includes not broadcasting from loud speakers, as well as being able to prove that they are properly licensed and provide records to show where they have collected any scrap metal from.

“This is why we are taking a tough stance and are continuing to work with the police, Neighbourhood Watch, and OWL coordinators, to tackle any rogue scrap metal dealers that are operating within the district.”

Local residents are being asked to report any issues with scrap metal dealers by calling 01543 308999.

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