Illegal scrap collectors in Banbury area fined for breaching Covid-19 rules and not having correct licence

A Covid-19 lockdown breach fine was issued today, Thursday February 18, after police stopped a couple found to be collecting scrap metal across the Banbury region illegally.

By Matt Elofson
Thursday, 18th February 2021, 6:04 pm

Officials from multiple agencies responded to the incident, including the Cherwell District Council Community Safety Team and Thames Valley Police.

The couple's vehicle was seized by police in Bicester, but only after it had already made collections in the Banbury area and surrounding villages.

The Cherwell District Council Community Safety Team posted the following message on its Facebook page about the incident: "We have warned time and time again..If you come into our district to collect scrap metal...MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE CORRECT PERMITS INSURANCE AND PAPERWORK❗️

A couple received a Covid-19 lockdown breach fine today, Thursday February 18, for the illegal collection of scrap metal across the Banbury and Bicester areas (photo from the Cherwell District Council Community Safety Team's Facebook page)

"Unlike this couple who have had a tour around the district today collecting illegally. After trips to Banbury and surrounding villages we caught up with them in Bicester this afternoon. They weren’t pleased to see us!!

"Officers from both CDC Community Safety and Thames Valley Roads Policing and PCSO,s Guest & Beaumont all working in partnership to keep our residents safe from rogue and illegal collectors were on hand to offer some words of advice to this couple.

"Unfortunately it wasn’t the advice they wanted to hear and now it’s a long trip back home...on the train!

"Unfortunately the van and it’s contents will be heading elsewhere!

Vehicle seized by police today, Thursday February 18, (photo from the Cherwell District Council Community Safety Team's Facebook page)

"Oh and as a side a £200 fixed penalty was issued to one for a breach of Covid regulations..Partnership work at its finest..as the driver said to us on his way to the train station."