Scrap metal dealer who told court he ‘did not need a licence’ fined for illegal operation

Peterlee Magistrates' Court
Peterlee Magistrates' Court
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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.