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Scrap metal issues return as cops bid to tackle problem

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 03, 2014

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POLICE are urging people to make sure they report nuisance scrap metal dealers after the problem resurfaced in parts of South Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Police moved to stamp out concerns in both Castle and Church Gresley as well as Woodville, with ‘rag and bone’ men driving the streets and using loud hailers at inappropriate times.

Officers reminded members of the public that it was illegal to use loud hailers for advertising entertainment, trade or business and that they needed to report the people responsible so police can put an end to it.

A spokesman for the force said: “It has become necessary to remind all collectors of the legislation around noise nuisance and that they have a responsibility to make sure they only take items that are intended for them.

“The police and local authorities have the power to take action against collectors operating outside the law and we will continue to target people who flout the legislation.”

This comes after the area was blighted by a massive rise in the number of scrap metal related incidents in 2012 and 2013 – so much so that special ‘strike days’ were held in a bid to try to crackdown on the problem.

More recently, the issue has resurfaced with people spotting scrap dealers driving through residential areas and helping themselves to metal items without permission.

Residents in several areas in the district have contacted the Mail to say that scrap dealers have been seen and heard in the early hours of the morning at the weekend, and also sometimes after 7.30pm in the week.

All scrap metal dealers now have to be licensed under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.

Any person running a business as a scrap metal dealer, motor salvage operator or vehicle dismantler will require a permit to trade.

Scrap metal dealers who operate without a licence may be subject to prosecution under the new act and face a fine or be the subject of a closure order.

More information and guidance can be found online at www.gov.uk

Anyone with any information about metal thefts should call 101.

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