A rogue trader has been ordered to pay over £800 and was disqualified from driving for attempting to trade in scrap metal without a licence.
Michael Grabowski (31) of Lawrence Place, Newark, was fined £600 and ordered to pay costs of an extra £150 and a victim surcharge of £60 at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday February 4.
He was also disqualified from driving for six months as he had used a vehicle in the commission of his offences.
Grabowski was investigated after he failed to produce a waste transfer note and a valid Waste Carriers Certificate after he was seen by an enforcement officer in the process of attempting to conduct trade in scrap metal collection in Hampton Hargate, Peterborough.
Peterborough City Council subsequently wrote to Grabowski, asking him to provide the relevant documents authorising him to conduct commercial trade as a licensed trader.
Numerous letters were sent to Grabowski at the address he was shown to be living at from enquiries made via the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), but he failed to respond.
Grabowski later moved address but enquiries made via Newark and Sherwood District Council enabled further correspondence to be sent to him at his new address, to which he again failed to respond.
Grabowski was offered the opportunity to pay a fixed penalty fine to absolve him of any further liability for the offences, but he continued to ignore all correspondence, apart from a belated call to the city council when he left a contact telephone number to discuss the case.
He was called and messages were left for him, but he did not make any further contact.
The matter was referred to Peterborough Magistrates’ Court and a warrant for his arrest was issued.
Councillor Nigel North, cabinet member for communities and environment capital at the city council, said: “This prosecution should serve as a warning to others that are thinking about trading scrap metals and other materials without the correct licences.
“We have an obligation to protect the environment and know that some traders operating without licences do not dispose of materials correctly.
“We do not take lightly to people trading in Peterborough illegally. We will use all the powers at our discretion to ensure law-abiding residents and businesses are not put in harm’s way.”
Grabowski was found guilty of offences of failure to produce waste documents and failure to produce authority to transport waste.