Two scrap metal dealers have been prosecuted by Lichfield District Council. On November 4 2011, Nicholas Simkiss’ vehicle was pulled over by the police at A5 Wall Island, as part of a joint operation with the local authority to tackle rogue scrap dealers. Simkiss, from Signal Grove in Bloxwich, had no documentation on him at the time so officers served a notice requiring him to produce it within seven days. The council decided to prosecute after Mr Simkiss did not provide the information, failed to pay the £300 fixed penalty notice and did not attend an interview regarding the offence. He appeared at Stafford Magistrates’ Court on June 20 and pleaded guilty to failing to provide his duty of care documentation. He was fined £300, ordered to pay court costs of £495.58, plus a victim surcharge of £15. On the same day, Lichfield District Council successfully prosecuted scrap dealer James Birkett, of Dartford Road in Bloxwich, for failing to provide duty of care documentation. The scrap dealer was stopped as part of the same operation at Wall Island. He also failed to provide the necessary documentation, pay the resulting fine, and did not attend the arranged interview. Birkett pleaded guilty and was fined £300, ordered to pay court costs of £481.74 plus a victim surcharge of £15. Councillor Ian Pritchard said: “In response to residents’ complaints, the council carries out routine stop and searches with the police to combat rogue scrap dealers and would-be fly-tippers who think it is acceptable to dump rubbish within the district. “I am pleased the courts took the offences seriously and hope it sends out a clear message that waste must be disposed of at licensed sites. We will continue to periodically stop vehicles travelling on local roads to make sure they can prove their duty of care.” To report fly-tipping within the district online at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/reportit or call Lichfield District Council on 01543 308999.