A SENIOR police officer has issued a warning to scrap metal merchants after reports they were using loud hailers as late as midnight.
Derby South section inspector Nigel Lidsey said the use of sirens and microphones at night would 'not be tolerated' after people across Swadlincote were disturbed on Wednesday evening with cries of 'any old iron'.
Now, the top cop is urging people to get in touch with his officers if they see or hear the scrap dealers out and about in the area.
Insp Lidsey told the Mail: "Nobody should be disturbed when they are getting ready for bed or actually asleep and I am not happy to hear that this has taken place.
"There are stringent regulations for the use of sirens and loud hailers and the people that operate them are well aware of those.
"This simply will not be tolerated and now that we are aware of the issue we will look at the matter.
"I would also urge people who have seen or heard the people operating this or any other loud hailer in the area at inappropriate times to get in touch us, with details about the vehicle and the times that it has been spotted."
Several residents on the Chiltern Road estate had their slumber disturbed on Wednesday evening as the vehicle and the loud hailer circled the area from around 11.30pm.
There were reports of the vehicle being spotted in other parts of the district after midnight.
The issue of scrap metal dealers and the use of loud hailers has, in the past, been a big bone of contention for people in South Derbyshire.
The problem became so bad that police launched a crackdown in the area which helped put a stop to the issue – until now.
It is illegal to use loud hailers for advertising entertainment, trade or business
Anyone with information is urged to call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.