Suffolk: Scrap dealers reminded to register with authorities

Suffolk Constabulary.

Suffolk Constabulary. - Credit: Archant

Scrap dealers across Suffolk have been reminded of the requirement to sign up with new crime-cutting legislation.

Suffolk Constabulary will be carrying out checks across the county to ensure traders have registered with each of the authorities in which they collect scrap metal

Acting Det Supt Steve Mattin said; “We are urging anyone dealing in scrap metal to make sure they have the correct licences in place as we will be carrying out checks across both counties to ensure everyone is complying with this relatively new legislation.

“In the past a small amount of unregulated dealers have been involved in the disposal of stolen property and the new act is specifically designed to reduce the outlets available to criminals who cause misery to householders, businesses, commuters and local communities through metal theft.

“All legitimate dealers should display their licence so it can be seen by customers, who can be reassured that the business meets standards outlined under the Act.”

Scrap metal licences are issued by the local authority and must be one of two types – a site licence or a collectors licence.

Licenced dealers have to abide by a number of regulations, including not receiving scrap metal from a person without verifying the person’s full name and address, and must pay for scrap metal either by cheque or electronic transfer – not cash.

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Detective Inspector Andy Ninham said; “We will be visiting sites to educate scrap metal dealers and collectors about their responsibilities as we want to continue our work to support legitimate businesses and ensure they are following the legislation. We will also be working with local councils to make sure that we warn those without a licence that they need to comply or face enforcement action.”

Anyone operating without a licence is guilty of an offence.