Three men stopped during operations by Medway Council’s environmental enforcement officers to tackle metal theft have ended up in court for failing to produce the correct documents for transporting scrap metal.

Ionut Lilian Andronic (30), and, in a separate case, Mihail Dumitru (38) and Marin Vasile (32), were each fined £600 by Medway Magistrates for failing to produce a waste carrier’s licence.

On 17 October 2012, a Ford Transit being driven by Andronic of Upper Luton Road, Chatham, was stopped by Kent Police and a council environmental enforcement officer.
When stopped it was found that Andronic was not licensed to carry waste and he was issued with a fixed penalty notice. When the FPN was not paid, the case was referred to the magistrates’ court.

The case was heard by Medway Magistrates on 12 February. Andronic failed to attend but in his absence was fined £600, with £262.45 in costs and £60 victim surcharge.
On 9 January, a transit van carrying scrap metal was stopped by Kent Police and the council’s environmental enforcement team. Dumitru, of Gillingham Road, Gillingham and Vasile, of Rock Avenue, Gillingham, failed to produce any documentation to prove they were registered to dispose of scrap metal, but admitted the scrap was being taken to a dealer in Strood for financial gain.

Their details were checked against the Environment Agency’s list of registered waste carriers, but no result for either Dunitru or Vasile was listed.

Their case was heard at Medway Magistrates Court on 12 February where they were found guilty of carrying controlled waste without the required licence. Although neither Dumitru nor Vasile was present in court, each was fined £600, with £108 costs and £60 victim surcharge.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Customer Contact Cllr Mike O’Brien said: “Waste licences are an essential tool for dealing with fly-tipping and other environmental crime.

“They are in place for good reason helping the council to keep tabs on where waste ends up and to take appropriate action if that place is at the side of the road or dumped down an alley.

“Prosecutions like this send out a strong message that the council will pursue through the courts those who break the law.” Waste carriers licences are available from the Environment Agency and cost around £154.