New rules which crack down on black market metal trading have claimed their first victory in the borough.
A scrap dealer has been ordered to pay more than £700 in fines and court costs after being found to be trading without the necessary licences, in line with laws which came into effect on October 1.
The dealer was stopped by Herts Police officers and the Environment Agency in Kings Langley during an operation and was unable to produce a Waste Carrier’s Licence.
He was fined £500, ordered to pay £154 compensation to the Environment Agency – which equates to the full cost of the correct licence – as well as £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £85.
Police and crime commissioner David Lloyd said: “Metal theft is damaging for the local economy and for residents. That’s why I support tough enforcement action like this through which the police are delivering on my commitment to making offenders bear more of the cost of crime.
“The new legislation will help to regulate the scrap metal trade, helping to crack down on illegal trading and tackling things like catalytic converter theft and other unacceptable trading in stolen metal. The police are making sure that we take full advantage of this new tool in the fight against metal theft.”
The new Waste Carrier’s Licence will be required from December 1. In order to apply for a licence to deal in scrap metal, applicants must first apply for a basic criminal record check. A licence application form and fee must be submitted to local authorities by the end of October.
Existing dealers will be issued with a temporary licence which will be valid until December 1 while the council processes applications.
Operating without a licence after December 1 will lead to prosecution under the new act and a fine up to £5,000 or a closure order.
For more information visit www.dacorum.gov.uk/scrapmetal, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01442 228000 and ask for licensing.
If you are offered cash or are approached by a suspicious collector call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.