Havering Council identifies notorious Grenfell Park fly-tippers who dumped five van-loads of rubbish in Romford
PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:06 30 November 2017
Havering Council investigators have recovered four vehicles and identified six suspects after a traveller incursion resulted in a large amount of fly-tipping in Grenfell Park earlier this month.
Eleven caravans entered the park, which is next to the Romford YMCA and has the River Rom running through it, just before midnight on Friday, November 17, followed by five transit tippers, which began dumping rubbish.
The vans and their drivers were there well into Saturday morning.
The travellers were forced out of the park on Sunday afternoon, after Havering Parks Police secured the park and served notice on the gang.
Four of the vehicles suspected of fly-tipping were later found in a supermarket car park close to Grenfell Park. One vehicle was seized and taken into custody. Another vehicle was treated as abandoned and has since been removed.
Evidence found amongst the fly-tip, which was made up mainly of building and household waste, has enabled six suspects to be identified. They have all been invited for an interview under caution.
Councillor Osman Dervish, the borough’s cabinet member for the environment, insisted that the authority will do all it can to bring the full force of the law to bear against those who illegally dump rubbish in public spaces.
He said: “Through a strong team effort, we have been successful in disrupting this particular gang, who are well known to the Environment Agency, in connection with recent fly-tipping in Newham and Haringey.
“We take a zero-tolerance approach to travellers who settle in the borough without permission, and to those who are caught littering, polluting and fly-tipping.
“Cleaning up fly-tips costs the council close to one million pounds a year, money which could be spent on maintaining frontline services and protecting our most vulnerable residents.
“This case once again shows we will do everything in our power to bring any perpetrator to justice.”
Figures released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) last month show the council was forced to spend £224,423 on clearance costs at 4,061 separate fly-tipping incidents in the 12 months from April 2016.