Unlicensed waste collector's vehicle seized
Enforcement Officers from Gateshead Council, with support from Northumbria Police's Operation Rigsby, have seized yet another vehicle suspected of being involved in illegal waste and scrap collection across the region.
The vehicle was seized in Chester-le-Street following complaints received from residents of Bensham, Gateshead.
With the help of the public, Enforcement Officers were able to identify the vehicle and visited the home address of its owner. His vehicle was then seized.
Residents complained that the vehicle's occupants were removing scrap from people's premises, often without permission, by driving down lanes with someone on the roof looking over the walls.
Residents are reminded only to use authorised waste collectors. The Environment Agency have a public registers of authorised waste carriers and scrap metal dealers that can be found at https://environment.data.gov.uk