Man fined £700 for running unlicenced scrap metal business

Pile of scrap metal

A Newcastle man has been fined £700 after he was found to be running an unlicensed scrap metal business.

Omar Baiz, 33, of Ellesmere Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne appeared before South Shields Magistrates Court on Monday (20 May 2019) charged with operating as a scrap metal dealer without the necessary licence to do so.

The offence came to light in July 2018 when Gateshead Council discovered that Mr Baiz was collecting scrap metal from local garages and weighing it in at a metal recycling facility in Blaydon.

Enquiries made by our Enforcement Team quickly established that Mr Baiz did not hold the appropriate licence to carry out this activity.

He pleaded guilty to the offence and was fined £270 with £400 costs and a victim surcharge of £30.

Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, said:

"Operating an unlicensed scrap business is a serious offence. The law requires all scrap metal collectors to hold a licence and keep records of all the scrap metal they receive to ensure traceability and to combat metal theft.

"There are plenty of legitimate scrap metal collector who have been granted licences to operate in Gateshead.

"I am pleased to see that the court has taken a firm view."

View a complete list of licensed scrap metal collectors in Gateshead.

Pile of scrap metal
21 May 2019

A Newcastle man has been fined £700 after he was found to be running an unlicensed scrap metal business.

Omar Baiz, 33, of Ellesmere Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne appeared before South Shields Magistrates Court on Monday (20 May 2019) charged with operating as a scrap metal dealer without the necessary licence to do so.

The offence came to light in July 2018 when Gateshead Council discovered that Mr Baiz was collecting scrap metal from local garages and weighing it in at a metal recycling facility in Blaydon.

Enquiries made by our Enforcement Team quickly established that Mr Baiz did not hold the appropriate licence to carry out this activity.

He pleaded guilty to the offence and was fined £270 with £400 costs and a victim surcharge of £30.

Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, said:

"Operating an unlicensed scrap business is a serious offence. The law requires all scrap metal collectors to hold a licence and keep records of all the scrap metal they receive to ensure traceability and to combat metal theft.

"There are plenty of legitimate scrap metal collector who have been granted licences to operate in Gateshead.

"I am pleased to see that the court has taken a firm view."

View a complete list of licensed scrap metal collectors in Gateshead.

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