A Birmingham man has been fined nearly £1,500 for illegal scrap metal dealing in Abingdon.
Ionel Petcu, of Winson Green, admitted to council officers he was collecting scrap metal without appropriate licences, after being seen driving around the area in November last year.
Vale of White Horse District Council prosecuted and he was found guilty at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday last week of two charges related to dealing in scrap metal without a licence.
He was fined £500 for each offence and ordered to pay a contribution to costs of £350 and a victim surcharge of £50.
Two officers from the district council’s environmental protection team saw two occupants of a white Ford Transit Van acting suspiciously in Stratton Way, Abingdon at around 10.30am on November 30 last year.
The men were appearing to search for scrap metal in residents’ gardens and bin areas.
The council officers spoke to the two men, who confirmed they were collecting scrap metal without the appropriate licences.
Petcu, the driver of the van, was issued with a fixed penalty notice for not having a waste carriers licence and for the unlicensed collection of scrap metal. He failed to pay the fixed penalty notice so the Vale’s legal team decided to prosecute.
Petcu also failed to turn up to his court appearance last week.
Cllr Elaine Ware, cabinet member for housing and environment for the Vale, said: “There are strict laws and regulations around the collection and disposal of scrap metal.
“This is to prevent against metal theft and fly tipping to protect our environment and the area we live in.
“This man’s actions undermine legitimate scrap metal collectors and waste removal companies operating in the Vale.
“I hope this case shows that the council will not tolerate this kind of blatant disregard for the law when it comes to the protection of our environment.”
The second man received a caution.