Beware of bogus scrap metal dealers

Incorrect disposal of scrap metal could land householders in Cherwell with a £1,000 fine, warns the district council.

New scrap metal laws introduced by the government in December mean all scrap metal collectors must have a council-issued photo licence.

Councillor Tony Ilott, lead member for public protection at Cherwell District Council, said: “Residents who leave scrap metal items unattended outside their homes run the risk of it being picked up by bogus collectors who often strip the items for valuable parts and dump the unwanted remains.

“Residents have a duty of care to ensure all waste is properly disposed of and can receive a fine of up to £1,000 if they are found to be the owners of flytipped items.”