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Council continues to fight against fly-tippers in the borough

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 March 2018

Cabinet member for environment Councillor Osman Dervish with the crushed fly-tipping vehicles. Picture: Havering Council

Cabinet member for environment Councillor Osman Dervish with the crushed fly-tipping vehicles. Picture: Havering Council

Havering Council

Progress continues to be made in the fight against fly-tippers as Havering Council relishes in its latest successes.

In November last year, eleven caravans entered Grenfell Park, which is next to the Romford YMCA and has the River Rom running through it, followed by five transit tippers, which began dumping rubbish.

Officers from the Parks Protection team were able to view CCTV images that were taken nearby which showed the vehicles entering the park.

Having served the travellers a notice to leave the park, officers were given a tip-off which led them to find the vehicles in car park not far from the site.

One of the vehicles could be identified from the CCTV and was seized for illegal waste activity.

The owner declined an interview and the vehicle was crushed.

Another of the vehicles was deemed to have been abandoned so was also later destroyed.

Investigations into the fly-tipping incident are ongoing.

For the past few years, Little Gerpins Lane and Sunnings Lane, Upminster, have become the target of large-scale fly-tipping, with industrial waste dumped almost every night.

It was decided last year that Sunnings Lane would be closed to large vehicles and Gerpins Lane closed to all public traffic at both ends, to help put an end to fly-tipping.

A vehicle yard in Aveley Road was also suspected of being the base for fly-tipping vehicles.

A planned raid saw five vehicles including a skip lorry being seized - three of the vehicles were later destroyed.

While no one was arrested, a number of offences were identified and investigations are ongoing.

A council officer says since the raid in December, there have been no fly-tips in that area and around £50,000 has been saved in clean-up bills.

Cabinet member for environment Councillor Osman Dervish said: “Fly-tipping is a serious crime which has a detrimental effect on residents, businesses and the local environment.

“Each year we’re left with an unnecessary clean-up bill of around one million pounds.

“We continue to call on residents and businesses to help us tackle this common threat by coming forward with any information, to help us catch the people responsible and bring them to justice.”

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