Illegal scrap metal dealers have assets confiscated
Released on 23 November 2017
The owners of a South Staffordshire scrapyard have been ordered to pay a confiscation order of £87,803.31 as a result of operating a scrap metal dealership at Bridge Farm in Coven, South Staffordshire without a licence.
On Friday 17 November 2017, Bruce Parker (60) and Gary Parker (58) from Coven, Directors of Holly Metals Recycling Limited, appeared before Stafford Crown Court where they were warned they would face a three-year prison sentence if they failed to pay the full amount owed under a confiscation order made under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
The brothers had earlier pleaded guilty to operating without a licence and were fined £2,000 and ordered to pay court costs of £5,080.90 each.
The ruling marks the culmination of an 18-month investigation by South Staffordshire Council into the site being operated as an unauthorised scrapyard and the owners failing to hold a site licence. The brothers were warned on one previous occasion about the need to apply for a licence but later traded without one.
South Staffordshire Council will receive 18.75% of the confiscation order with the rest going to Birmingham City Council, who investigated the financial affairs of the brothers, the Home Office and the court service.
Councillor Roger Lees, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services, said, “This is our first POCA prosecution for South Staffordshire Council and I am delighted that it's been a successful result. These were serious offences by two people motivated by financial gain, who have carried out unauthorised activities over a number of years. This case should serve as a warning to anyone in the waste industry who thinks they can flout the law. It is completely unacceptable and we will not hesitate to prosecute."
The following pictures show scrap metal on the site in various skips and trailers as well as a number of vehicles.
For further details contact
South Staffordshire District Council
Tel: 01902 696000