Illegal scrap metal dealer fined
A Warrington man has been prosecuted for illegal scrap metal dealing.
Ian Parker, 33, of Bryant Avenue, Latchford, was observed in April of this year driving a vehicle carrying a large quantity of scrap metal. When questioned, Mr Parker denied that he was collecting scrap metal and stated that he had simply borrowed the vehicle.
However, a search of the vehicle revealed a number of invoices showing he had been weighing in metal at a site in Widnes over the course of that month.
To operate as a scrap metal dealer, a license needs to be applied for through the Council.
As a result, Mr Parker was summonsed to appear at Warrington Combined Court on 24 October to answer a charge of operating as a scrap metal dealer without a licence. He failed to attend and was found guilty in his absence. He was fined £660 for the offence and ordered to pay a contribution to costs of £1202.50 and a victim surcharge of £66.
Cllr Judith Guthrie, Warrington Borough Council’s executive board member for Environment and Public Protection, said “There are strict laws and regulations around the collection and disposal of scrap metal. This man’s actions undermine legitimate scrap metal collectors operating within Warrington.
“Collecting scrap metal without a licence is unacceptable and as I hope this case shows that the council will not tolerate this kind of blatant disregard for the law.”