Amesbury man fined £3,754 for scrap metal offences

Amesbury man fined £3,754 for scrap metal offences

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 2:38pm 9th October 2019.

He's the ninth person unlicensed metal collector to be prosecuted by Wiltshire Council.

Steven Dickel, who's 35 and formally from Antrobus Road in Amesbury, was found guilty at Salisbury Magistrates Court on Monday (7th October) of two offences under the Scrap Metal Dealer Act 2013. 

Councillor Sven Hocking, Wiltshire Council 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."

Salisbury Law Courts - front of building (Mike Draper)
Steven Dickel was found guilty at Salisbury Magistrates Court after being prosecuted by Wiltshire Council

This conviction also follows a recent prosecution led by Wiltshire Council that resulted in a Gloucester man being fined a total of £16,677 in costs and fines, for similar scrap metal offences. 

In another case earlier this year, a Salisbury man was found guilty of scrap metal dealing without a licence, and fined £1,630.

PLEA TO CHECK CREDENTIALS

Wiltshire Council is reminding us to always check the credentials of those collecting their scrap metal and to be wary of adverts on social media offering scrap metal collection. 

There's more details of what to look out for on the authority's website. 

We're also warned that no transactions should take place for cash with no documents produced, as that's illegal.

The advice is to be extremely cautious of 'cash for scrap' operators within the county. 

You can report anyone who you believe is an unlicensed scrap metal collector using Wiltshire Council's online reporting tool 'My Wiltshire'.  

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