Pendle purge on illegal scrap dealers

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Pendle Council will be targeting scrap metal theft after receiving reports that unlicensed mobile dealers have been seen operating illegally in the area.

New legislation was introduced in October 2013 to ensure that all mobile scrap metal collectors are licensed with the local authority in the area where they are collecting.

One unlicensed Pendle collector has already been prosecuted and fined £600.

Mick Armfield, Pendle Council’s Licensing Enforcement Officer, stressed: “There’s no excuse for not having a licence.

“The cost of a mobile collector’s licence is just £110 for three years. This equates to around 70p per week.”

The council’s Licensing Team is now urging residents to be vigilant and to contact them if you see any suspicious activity.

The team particularly wants to hear about activity involving flat back vehicles laden with scrap metal being driven down back streets.

Colne & West Craven Neighbourhood Sergeant Kim De Curtis said: “Lancashire Police fully supports the council’s operation involving illegal scrap collectors.

“We’ve carried out a number of joint operations with Pendle Council and other partner agencies to combat this problem and these operations will continue.

“They not only include patrolling and actively seeking out offenders, but we link in with other agencies to deal with offences such as construction and use of vehicles, insurance and driving offences.

“We’re also making sure that we’re enforcing Trading Standards legislation.”

Report suspicious behaviour to Pendle Council’s Licensing Team, by calling 661987.