A Soham man caught carrying scrap illegally has been fined £750 and ordered to pay £2,000 costs at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court today (Tues). Frank Allgood of Heron Croft, Soham, Ely, Cambridgeshire was stopped by Suffolk police in October 2012 when he claimed that the waste he was carrying had come from a skip and he was taking it to his allotment shed.
Miss Emma Cranfield, prosecuting for the Environment Agency said that subsequent checks with local scrap yards showed that Allgood had, the day after he was stopped, weighed in a number of items similar to those found in his vehicle by police during the search.
Allgood admitted that he had taken all but two of the items to the scrap yard to sell for a profit which he split with his two sons.
The court heard that he had delivered £972.97 worth in scrap metal to scrap yards between 30 July 2012 and 26 November 2012, continuing after he had been stopped by the police.
Miss Cranfield told the court: “Individuals and businesses who carry controlled waste must register with the Environment Agency. The registration lasts three years. The cost of registration for a waste carrier for 2012 was £154”
After sentence the magistrates told Allgood that if he wanted to continue to carry waste he must register.