Noisy scrap metal collectors warned by police
Derbyshire Police and Derby City Council have put out a joint warning to scrap metal collectors.
Officers have received complaints from residents that some collectors have been using loud hailers, causing a noise nuisance, or taking metal items without permission.
It’s illegal to use loud hailers for advertising entertainment, trade or business.
PC Russell Davey said: "We acknowledge that the majority of collectors operate respectfully and within the law, however, it has become necessary to remind all operators of the law around noise and that they must make sure they only take items that are intended for them.
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“We are working in conjunction with Derby City Council’s environmental protection team and we will, in certain circumstances, consider prosecuting those who use or permit the use of any loud speaker where it can be shown to be causing annoyance to residents.
“We are in the process of serving warning notices to scrap metal collectors and it is hoped that they will take heed. Those that choose to ignore the advice offered will be dealt with accordingly.”
Councillor Hardyal Dhindsa, Derby City Council’s cabinet member for planning, environment and public protection, added: “We will continue to work closely with Derbyshire Police to ensure residents are not disturbed by the use of loud hailers and if necessary, we will use the power of the law to stop scrap metal dealers using loud hailers in residential areas.”