Brothers fined for picking up scrap from streets of Milton Keynes

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Two scrap crazy brothers have been prosecuted and ordered to pay more than £3,000 - for collecting rubbish from local streets.

Marius Tintoi, 24, and his brother, Nicolae, 22, roamed residential areas to pick up everything from metal chairs to cabling.

In a prosecution by Milton Keynes Council, they pleaded guilty to various offences under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.

Marius admitted two counts of failing to keep records of receiving scrap metal, one count of failing to keep records covering the disposal of scrap metal and another of failing to verify the identity of a person he received scrap metal from.

He was fined a total of £750 and ordered to pay £780 in costs.

Nicolae pleaded guilty to carrying on a business as a scrap metal dealer without a licence, failing to keep records of receiving scrap metal and failing to keep records covering the disposal of scrap metal. He was fined £800.

Each was ordered to pay costs of £780 to Milton Keynes Council.

Milton Keynes Magistrates heard the brothers were stopped by police in November 2014 while collecting from local streets.

Their van contained some cabling, a metal filing cabinet and some office chairs.

When questioned, neither man could produce any records or receipts of where they had come from, the court heard.

The brothers were arrested and the case handed over to the Environmental Crime Unit of Milton Keynes Council to investigate.

A council spokesman said; “It soon became clear that Marius was licensed to deal in scrap metal in Milton Keynes, but Nicolae wasn’t. Neither had kept any records of their buying or selling of scrap metal, an offence under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.

The spokesman added: “They had not checked the identity of the people that they received scrap metal from – this was brought in under the same act to deter people from handling stolen metal.”