Crackdown on scrap carriers

Police?council crack down on illegal waste traders
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A POLICE and council clampdown on illegal waste carriers and other offenders is reaping results.

The monthly “days of action” target people who are carrying waste without the right paperwork and motoring crimes. The operations take place across the district and feature partner agencies like Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), HM Customs and Excise Benefit Fraud Team, Taxi Licensing and Court Services.

Wakefield Magistrates’ Court heard last Friday about one such operation on Horbury Road last September which caught Robert Hampton.

Hampton, 45, of Cave Crescent, Lupset, was driving a van piled high with scrap metal and bins. He admitted transporting controlled waste without a licence and was fined £100. He must also pay £145 in court costs and the £15 victim surcharge.

And on Monday another day of action was held in Featherstone against travelling criminals and roadworthy vehicles. The operation resulted in 50 vehicles being stopped and led to four seizures. Police also issued 40 speeding tickets outside Featherstone High School. Further district-wide days of action are being planned.

Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: “The monthly operations send a strong message that we will not tolerate illegal fly-tipping and metal thefts.

“I urge the public to report any incidents to Wakefield Council by calling 0845 8506506.”