Police close in on scrap metal

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A VAN belonging to scrap metal dealers was seized for not having the correct insurance.

Police bosses have revealed they are cracking down on those who are operating scrap metal businesses without the correct permits or systems in place, as a result of the recent increase in metal thefts, caused by the rising value of materials

As part of the operation, officers stopped a white van on Brockholes Crescent, Poulton, after it was seen acting suspiciously.

The occupants told police they were scrap metal dealers working from the van.

But checks revealed the van was not covered by the correct insurance for someone to use it as a business vehicle.

It was later seized by road policing officers for having insufficient insurance.

PC Dave Benson, of Lancashire Police’s road policing unit, told The Gazette: “We are committed to tackling instances of uninsured driving as this is considered to be a serious motoring offence and the penalties for this irresponsible behaviour are severe.

“Motorists can expect to be challenged on instances of uninsured driving or when the policy in force does not cover the act which is undertaken – and they risk losing their vehicle and a potential court appearance as a result.”

There are currently 26 scrap dealers registered to work within Wyre.

All operators must register their business if they are collecting, purchasing or selling scrap metal items within the borough.

If a dealer has storage facilities in the area, lives in Wyre or occupies a business premises in the borough, a registration must be sought from the licensing department at Wyre Council.

Dealers are then required to keep records of scrap metal which is received, processed or dispatched to try to disrupt criminality.

Coun Roger Berry, cabinet member with responsibility for licensing at Wyre Council, said: “We carry out regular checks alongside the police and other agencies on vehicles used for the transportation of scrap metal items.

“This is to ensure all dealers who operate in the borough have the correct documentation.

“Anyone found to be operating a scrap dealing business without a registration can be prosecuted and fined up to £1,000.”

The registration is free and lasts for three years, after which it can be renewed.

For an application pack please contact the Licensing Department at Wyre Council.