NOISY Dudley metal merchants have been fined for the racket they made while collecting Solihull scrap.
The two men, Wayne Garrett, 33, and John Southall, 34, were both prosecuted by Solihull Council, after environmental health officers spotted their yellow Ford Transit van collecting scrap metal from a house, in Whitefields Crescent, on February 7.
Magistrates heard that the dealers then drove through Solihull with a loudspeaker blasting from the roof of their vehicle. The environmental health officer told the court that the noise was so loud – he believed it could be heard 500 metres away.
Garrett, the driver of the vehicle, had already received a written warning from the council about using a loudspeaker, just six months earlier.
Both men failed to attend court and were found guilty in their absence.
Garrett, of Hawthorne Road, in Tipton, was fined £1500, ordered to pay £338 towards the council’s costs, and a £15 victim surcharge. Southall, of St Paul’s Drive, in Tipton, was also fined £1500, ordered to pay £338 towards the council’s costs, and a £15 victim surcharge. A Collection Order was imposed, requiring payment within 14 days.