A scrap metal dealer who traded without a licence has been left financially worse off and with a criminal record.
Callum Burrell, of Houghton-le-Spring, has been successfully prosecuted by Durham County Council.
Newton Aycliffe magistrates on Wednesday heard how on 2 February council officers were carrying out a joint operation with Durham Constabulary to check compliance with legislation on the collection of scrap metal.
The council workers inspected a van which Burrell, who’s 27, had been driving at Delaval in Chester-le-Street and found it to contain scrap metal including bikes and a head board.
Burrell told the officers he was a refuse collector and had collected the items. However when was he asked to produce his scrap collector’s licence he stated that he did not have one.
Burrell was absent from court where magistrates found him guilty of operating without a licence.
He Burrell was fined £69, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and costs of £200.
Joanne Waller, the council’s head of environment, health and consumer protection, said:
“Anyone collecting scrap metal must have a valid licence. The legislation is aimed at reducing and preventing theft of metal and allowing officers to be able to trace where it is collected from and disposed of. This case proves that we will take action against unlicenced dealers and I hope the criminal record and financial penalty will serve as a warning to others who may be tempted to flout the law.”
To find out how to apply for a licence visit here.