Wolverhampton scrapyard raid uncovered stolen engines, teetering piles of metal and discarded fridges, where several city scrap businesses were allegedly operating in a ‘dangerous and illegal manner’.
According to Birminghamail.co.uk, a large-scale raid organised by the City of Wolverhampton Council with help from West Midlands Police, the Environment Agency, Health & Safety Executive and The National Vehicle Intelligence Service at the Bilston Industrial Estate in Oxford Street, Wolverhampton, uncovered stolen engines, teetering piles of metal and discarded fridges, where several city scrap businesses were allegedly operating in a ‘dangerous and illegal manner’.
Multiple firms were reportedly operating from one unit without permits and exemptions to store metal waste and there was a range of health and safety issues, which could endanger workers, were also allegedly uncovered – including unsafe storage of scrap, limited toilet and wash facilities and blocked fire exits.
Many vehicles were allegedly seen entering the site to sell metal waste without waste carrier licenses during the large-scale raid, organised by the City of Wolverhampton Council with help from West Midlands Police, the Environment Agency, Health & Safety Executive and The National Vehicle Intelligence Service.
Further investigations are now being carried out by the council and its partner agencies, with different organisations taking responsibility for the different issues.
Follow-up action is planned by the council on all businesses at the unit that were allegedly operating illegally, together with regular joint operations with the police to check on all vehicles entering the estate, and to work with other businesses in the area to set up a Business Watch.
Coun Steve Evans, Wolverhampton’s cabinet member for city environment and climate change, said:
“The reports on which the operation was based were of huge concern to us and we have acted in a planned and targeted way to determine what exactly is happening at the site.
“What was found at the scrapyard premises is now being fully investigated and appropriate action will be taken in due course.”
Inspector Ned Kelly, from Wolverhampton Police, added:
“These kinds of premises are simply dangerous. We know illegal activity often takes place in some of them too.
It was great to be able to work with in partnership with a number of different agencies. Our coordinated approach means we had the right people involved to tackle a wide variety of issues which were found.
We have excellent working relations with many agencies locally, and work like this really highlights how beneficial it can be.”