Three scrap metal dealers prosecuted after being caught in Lichfield

Three men have been prosecuted over breaches of the law surrounding scrap metal collection.

They were all stopped in a joint operation between Staffordshire Police and Lichfield District Council.

  • Joseph May, of Pugh Crescent in Walsall, pleaded guilty to operating a loud speaker to advertise a trade or business (contrary to Control of Pollution Act 1974). The court ordered the 41-year-old to pay a £100 fine, as well as costs of £482 and a £20 victim surcharge – £602 in total.
  • Paul Carroll, of Thomas Greenway in Lichfield, pleaded guilty to carrying on a business as a scrap metal dealer without a licence (contrary to the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013). The 37-year-old was given a 12 month conditional discharge, ordered to pay costs of £214, and a victim surcharge of £15 – a total of £229.
  • Jonathan Sheldon, of no fixed abode, also pleaded guilty to carrying on a business as a scrap metal dealer without a licence. The 30-year-old received a 12 month conditional discharge, and was ordered to pay £214 as well as a victim surcharge of £15 – £229 in total.

Councillor Colin Greatorex said: “We’re encouraged with the outcome of these prosecutions.

“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 they are properly licensed and provide records to show the location of where the scrap metal has been collected.

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

Advertisements
Founder of LichfieldLive and editor of the site.