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09 October 2019

Ninth unlicensed metal collector prosecuted by Wiltshire Council

Before using any scrap metal collector, please ensure that you ask for both their upper tier waste carriers' licence and scrap metal dealer licence

Cllr Sven Hocking, Portfolio Holder for Streetscene

An Amesbury man has been ordered to pay £3,754 in fines and costs following a successful prosecution by Wiltshire Council.

On Monday 7 October 2019, Mr Steven Dickel aged 35 formally of Antrobus Road, Amesbury was found guilty at Salisbury Magistrates Court of two offences under the Scrap Metal Dealer Act 2013.  

This conviction follows a recent prosecution that resulted in a Gloucester man being fined a total of £16,677.93 in costs and fines, for similar scrap metal offences.

Cllr Sven Hocking, Portfolio Holder for Streetscene said, "We will continue to target unlicensed scrap metal collectors that operate within our authority area. These illegal traders undercut legitimate, licensed scrap collectors and have not been vetted to ensure they are ‘fit and proper' to operate lawfully. Before using any scrap metal collector, please ensure that you ask for both their upper tier waste carriers' licence and scrap metal dealer licence. Licensed collectors will also have their hologram photocard licence displayed in their vehicle."

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 and the council's licensing system is there to protect members of the public and to ensure that licence holders are considered ‘fit and proper' to hold a licence. All licenced scrap metal dealers and collectors undergo rigorous checks by Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire Police including being DBS checked prior to being issued a scrap dealer's licence by the Council.  

Wiltshire Council is reminding residents to always check the credentials of those collecting their scrap metal and to be wary of adverts on social media offering scrap metal collection. http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/licences-permits-scrap-metal

Residents can report anyone who they believe is an unlicensed scrap metal collector using Wiltshire Council's online reporting tool ‘My Wiltshire.' No transactions can take place for cash which is illegal and the public are advised to be extremely cautious of ‘cash for scrap' operators within the county.

People can report unlicensed scrap metal collectors using www.wiltshire.gov.uk/mywiltshire-online-reporting

Last updated: 9 October 2019 | Last reviewed: 9 October 2019

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