Rogue scrap metal dealer loses cash in prosecution

ACTION: Scrap dealers

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A BOGUS scrap metal dealer from Preston is £675 out of pocket after being prosecuted during a court hearing.

Jason Duckworth, 35, of Bridge Road, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, was not registered as a carrier of controlled waste but carried on transporting scrap metal waste on June 4 and June 2, Preston Magistrates’ Court was told.

He admitted transporting the scrap to Rowan Scrap Metals in Preston on both occasions. He also admitted three counts of carrying on business as a scrap metal dealer when not authorised by a licence under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 on the same dates and on a further occasion between April 21 and May 31.

He then admitted a further count of failing to comply with a requirement under the Environment Act to identify a group of men who assisted him unloading the waste at Rowan Scrap Metals in August 2015.

The bench took his pleas into account and ordered him to pay a £250 fine, £25 victim surcharge, £250 prosecution costs and a £150 court charge.

Scrap metal dealer legislation aims to tackle unscrupulous dealers who operate outside the law, as well as combatting metal thefts. Lancashire has seen a 57 per cent decrease in reports of metal thefts in the last two years.