Illegal scrapmen banned from operating after being caught without a licence

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Scrap metal collectors who operated illegally have been banned from carrying out their business after they faced court action.

Magistrates in Peterlee have handed Glen White and Aaron Straughair two-year Criminal Behaviour Orders – the first time these powers have been used against waste carriers in County Durham.

The order prevents White from entering any premises licenced for the receipt of waste and scrap metal in the county, from having sole possession or control of scrap metal and carrying out waste and scrap metal collections from residential or commercial premises in the county.

Straughair, of Brickgarth, Easington Lane, is banned from having sole possession or control of scrap metal and from collecting waste or goods from residential or commercial premises in the county.

The court heard White, of Shelley Avenue, Easington Lane, was seen on CCTV reversing a truck onto grass at the Grove and Moorside Social Club in Consett in November 2014 before disposing of several baths and other items.

He had also been stopped four times where he was found to be carrying scrap metal without a licence after he had committed the original offence, the court was told.

Straughair was stopped in December 2014 while carrying scrap metal where he admitted not having the correct licence.

He failed to present documents and was handed a £300 fixed penalty notice, which remains unpaid, and he was stopped twice after committing the original offence while collecting and carrying scrap metal.

White, 29, admitted failing to produce waste transfer notes, knowingly facilitating the deposition of household waste by allowing his vehicle to be used to transport items to the social club and two counts of carrying on as a scrap metal dealer without a scrap metal collector’s licence.

Straughair, 25, admitted carrying on business as a scrap metal dealer without a licence, littering and two counts of failing to produce waste transfer notes.

In mitigation, magistrates heard they both recognise they have been refused a scrap metal licence and cannot continue working as collectors.

White and Straughair were fined £200 each and both ordered to pay £200 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Ian Hoult, Durham County Council’s neighbourhood protection manager, said: “These prosecutions came about thanks to our ongoing commitment to tackling waste crime and carrying out regular stop and check operations at the roadside.

“It is particularly pleasing to be able to use these powers to target illegal waste carriers in what is a first for our county.”