A dealer who claimed he “did not need” a licence to collect scrap metal has been fined.
Paul Bond was stopped by police in Esh Winning last January when he failed to produce a licence, and the correct receipts, to be carrying the materials.
The 42-year-old, of Teviot Street, Easington Lane, was fined at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court after being found guilty of operating as a scrap metal dealer without a licence.
In court, he told magistrates he was just passing through the county when he was stopped and had not been collecting scrap that day, so did not need a licence.
He admitted a second charge of failing to produce copies of waste transfer notes within seven days.
Bond was fined £120 for each charge and additionally ordered to pay £400 costs and £24 victim surcharge.
Contact the Durham County Council Streetscene team on 03000 261 000 if you suspect someone is carrying scrap metal without the correct paperwork.