Thursday, 23 June 2011

Scrap iron merchants prosecuted over noise

TWO scrap metal merchants from Dudley have been prosecuted over using a loudhailer in Solihull.

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Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council took the action against Wayne Garrett and John Southall, who used a loudhailer on February 7 this year.

The Dudley men were charged under the Control of Pollution Act 1974 at Solihull Magistrates’ Court last week.

Their yellow Ford Transit was spotted by two council environmental health officers in Whitefields Crescent and was stopped in Widney Lane.

A council press release said: “The officers found a loudspeaker fitted to the roof of the vehicle that was connected to the cassette deck in the dashboard.

“The cassette consisted of a recording of a brass instrument followed by the word iron, which was repeated every few seconds.”

Garrett, the driver, had already been given a written warning six months earlier.

The council said: “The environmental health officer described the noise as so loud that he estimated it could be heard 500 metres away.”

They 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.

The merchants have been a regular sight in Solihull, Knowle and Dorridge in the last year. Listen to one below.

Scrap iron merchant, Knowle, UK (mp3)


  1. Think this is ridiculous! I have heard these people on a Sunday and don't understand why anyone would have a problem. It seems to me they are only trying to earn a living.

  2. Sunday is a day of rest

  3. unless you need to earn a living. Would you perhaps prefer these people to knock on your door?

  4. i live in Shrewsbury and have been hearing this awful sound more and more frequently over the last year. I can now hear it pretty much all day every day (either loudly or faintly) and it drives me absolutely mad.

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