Scrap metal lorry seized after stop and search
A SCRAP metal lorry has been impounded after a police check revealed the driver had no licence or insurance.
PC Kelvin Hannah carried out a stop and search on the vehicle at 10.10am on Friday in Stockbrook Street, Derby.
PC Hannah said: "We seized the vehicle and impounded it and it will cost the owner £160 to recover it and £20 a day storage charges.
"The driver, who was from the West Midlands, will be summoned to court to face charges, as well.
"We are finding that during our routine checks a number of scrap metal dealers are coming to Derby from the West Midlands."
Scrap metal dealers must carry an appropriate licence to collect from the roadside.
And legislation brought in last December means that it is now an offence for scrap yards to pay for metal in cash. The move comes in a bid to curb illegal dealing.
Inspector Richard Keene, who is in charge of policing in Derby West, said: "This was an excellent piece of policing from PC Hannah.
"Illegal scrap metal dealing is a serious concern for us and the public raise it regularly at police surgeries."