‘Il­le­gal’ scrap­yards shut down in raids

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SCRAP­YARDS which left cars ‘stacked’ in the street have been shut down.

A crack­down was launched in Rochdale af­ter break­ers’ yards used neigh­bour­ing streets as over­spill. Buses were blocked by old cars in some cases – in oth­ers ve­hi­cles were stacked on top of each other.

More than 30 of­fi­cers from GMP, Rochdale coun­cil, the Depart­ment of Work and Pen­sions, and the En­vi­ron­ment Agency car­ried out searches of five ve­hi­cle break­ing busi­nesses in the area.

Fol­low­ing that, two firms - Mazda and Mit­subishi Spares, and Rochdale Ve­hi­cle Break­ers were shut down af­ter it was dis­cov­ered that they were un­li­censed.

Sergeant Danny Shi­razi of GMP said: “It was a multi-agency op­er­a­tion look­ing at five busi­nesses in Cor­po­ra­tion Road.

“We have taken ac­tion be­cause of the way the busi­nesses have im­pacted on the lo­cal area and neigh­bour­ing firms.

“Ve­hi­cles which are not taxed or road­wor­thy have been left on the high­way which th­ese busi­nesses have been us­ing as an over­spill for their yards.

“In some in­stances ve­hi­cles have been stacked on top of each mak­ing box­ing punch other pre­sent­ing a dan­ger bags. But they are be­ing to the pub­lic. filled with old linen. That

“A bus op­er­a­tor which has a de­pot in the area has had dif­fi­cul­ties ma­noeu­vring its ve­hi­cles be­cause of the ve­hi­cles left on the road.

“When we have done checks it has emerged that two of the busi­nesses do not have a li­cence to op­er­ate and they have been shut down.

“Dur­ing the course of the op­er­a­tion we have also dis­cov­ered a com­pany op­er­at­ing in a unit busi­ness has been closed as well.

“We have been aware of prob­lems with the ve­hi­cle break­ing com­pa­nies for about a year, and when we ar­rived there were about 30 ve­hi­cles left on the road.

“We have is­sued warn­ings for about a year and they were not heeded so we have taken ac­tion. We will con­tinue to re­view the sit­u­a­tion and will re­peat the op­er­a­tion in the New Year.”

Coun­cil­lor Allen Brett, ward coun­cil­lor for Milk­stone and Deeplish, said: “This was a multi-agency ap­proach in tack­ling an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour in the area. The coun­cil has led the way in clamp­ing down on fly-tip­ping, il­le­gal park­ing, aban­doned cars and com­pa­nies who are flout­ing the law.

“Our mes­sage is clear, we will not tol­er­ate any il­le­gal prac­tices and if you are break­ing the law, we will find you and we will pros­e­cute.

“It was a suc­cess­ful day, un­der­ly­ing the strength of our part­ner­ship work in root­ing out and deal­ing with an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.”

‘We will not tol­er­ate any il­le­gal prac­tices’

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