Scrap metal vans seized as police step up patrols
NINE scrap metal vehicles have been seized by police as part of a clampdown on collectors who are operating illegally.
And 20 people were given warning notices – which sets out what they can and cannot do by law – during the operation.
Police said 18 drivers were interviewed about the scrap they were carrying and 10 of those were given £300 fixed penalty notices for not having the correct paperwork.
Eight drivers were given prohibition notices because their vehicles were defective and loud-hailers, or megaphones, were also seized.
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The operation was organised by Derbyshire police in response to concerns raised by residents.
They said collectors were often causing a noise nuisance or taking metal items without permission. It is also illegal to use loud-hailers for advertising entertainment, trade or business.
So police officers and members of Derby City Council's environmental protection teams patrolled around different areas of the city last week.
They visited the Morley Estate, Derwent and Chaddesden, stopping one collector in each area. Seven collectors were also stopped in Littleover, Normanton and Alvaston.
PC Russell Davey, who organised the operation, said: "The majority of collectors operate respectfully and within the law.
"However, it has become necessary to remind all collectors of the legislation around noise nuisance and they have a responsibility to make sure they only take items that are intended for them.
"The results of this strike really highlight the issue of people operating without the correct documentation and with vehicles that are either uninsured or in a dangerous condition."
Councillor Hardyal Dhindsa, city council cabinet member for planning, environment and public protection, said: "Word is clearly getting out we will not tolerate anyone who creates unnecessary noise and disturbances to residents.
"One dealer stopped during the exercise reported that he had removed the loudspeaker from his vehicle as he now knew it was an offence."