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Unlicensed scrap metal dealer jailed for fly-tipping

A construction worker has been jailed for 26 weeks after pleading guilty to seven charges of fly-tipping, two charges of failing to have a waste carrier’s licence and one charge of scrap metal dealing without a licence.

Anton Munteanu was sentenced at Bexley Magistrates’ Court on 12 January.

He had been arrested on a no bail warrant after failing to appear for an earlier hearing.

The court heard that the fly-tipping occurred at mini-recycling banks at James Watt Way, Erith, and at Hawley Road, Dartford, between September 2014 and October 2014. These often involved fridges and freezers.

Munteanu, failed to produce a waste carrier’s licence in March 2014. Furthermore he was dealing in scrap metal without a scrap metal dealer’s licence between March and April 2014.

On top of his custodial sentence for fly-tipping, he must pay £1,000 in compensation towards clean-up costs and forfeit a red Mercedes van, which had been used around the streets of Kent and south east London to look for scrap.

There was no separate penalty or costs for the other offences, because Munteanu is now a serving prisoner.

Munteanu accepted the gravity of the offences and said that he regretted them.

The court added an extra six weeks to his sentence, to run consecutively, after it heard Munteanu had committed the offences while subject to a 12-month suspended prison sentence from a previous prosecution by another agency.

After the case Don Massey, cabinet member for Bexley’s Environment and Public Realm, said: “I am glad that the court saw fit to impose a sentence which sends out a clear message that fly-tipping is a serious issue.”

Unlicensed Burton scrap metal dealer prosecuted

East Staffordshire Borough Council has prosecuted a scrap metal dealer found working without a licence and using amplified sound to advertise a business.

On 6 July 2014, two council officers on patrol in the Stafford Street area of Burton witnessed a pick up vehicle loaded with scrap metal and using amplified sound. When questioned, the driver was not able to produce a Mobile Scrap Metal Collectors Licence, issued under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.

The driver, Isaac Hall, was later interviewed under caution by Enforcement Officers, and given the opportunity to explain why he was working without having a licence issued by East Staffordshire Borough Council.

Hall was prosecuted at Stafford Magistrates Court on 28 January. He was fined £265 for the offence of carrying on as a scrap metal dealer without a licence and advertising his business in a street with a loudspeaker. He was ordered to pay costs of £504 and victim surcharge of £26, making a total of £795.

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