First closure order using new powers on metal dealer
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Under this act, our officers and the trading standards team were able to issue a closure notice to the landowner.
Following concerns from the public, on Tuesday, our We Don’t Buy Crime (WDBC) team and Caerphilly Councils trading standards team conducted a warrant at an illegal site in Rhymney, Caerphilly under the scrap dealers act of 2013.
Under this act, our officers and the trading standards team were able to issue a closure notice to the landowner, who will now cease trading and work alongside Natural Resource Wales to clear the site. Failure to do so will enable us to proceed through the court process.
Our We Don’t Buy Crime team continue to work closely with second-hand retailers and scrap merchants across Gwent, providing them with guidance and increasing information sharing. This prevents stolen items being re-sold, making it more difficult for offenders to profit from crime. Our WDBC team also review all thefts across the force and send out stolen goods alerts to all second-hand retailers.
Read more about our WDBC teams’ activities here. To see our WDBC team in action, see here.