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Illegal scrap dealer must pay £1,650

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A WARRINGTON man was ordered to pay a total of £1,650 after he was caught operating as a scrap metal dealer without a licence.

Stephen Monaghan, 56, of Higham Avenue, Warrington, was observed in December last year driving a vehicle carrying a quantity of scrap metal.

Monaghan was summonsed to appear at Warrington Combined Court to answer a charge of operating as a scrap metal dealer without a licence. He failed to attend and was found guilty in his absence.

When questioned, Monaghan admitted that he was collecting scrap metal and that he thought he had a licence.

After subsequent checks, it was established that he had previously held a licence that expired in February 2017. He was fined £1,000 for the offence, and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £100 and a contribution to costs of £550.

Warrington Borough Council’s executive board member for Environment and Public Protection, Cllr Judith Guthrie, said: “This prosecution sends a clear message that illegal scrap metal dealing in Warrington will not be tolerated.

“We will continue to crack down on this illegal activity to protect our residents. This man’s actions also undermine legitimate scrap metal collectors operating within Warrington.”

To operate as a scrap metal dealer, a license needs to be applied for through the council. You can find further information and licence applications forms on the Warrington Borough Council website.

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