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Rainham drivers filmed dumping charity clothing bags in car park

Sunday, February 16, 2014
6:00 PM

Two drivers have been filmed dumping charity bags full of clothes in a Rainham car park.

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The men were working as sub-contractors for East London Textiles (ELT), who work on behalf of charities collecting and recycling unwanted clothes.

Quick-thinking Joe Cooper, 24, was in his car at the Tesco in Bridge Road, Rainham, when he saw the two men acting suspiciously and decided to film the act on his “dash cam.”

After he uploaded the footage to YouTube, a viewer contacted ELT to alert them, and the drivers were sacked days later.

Joe, of Rainham, said: “I was just at the bottle bank and thought these guys looked a bit suspicious - they were looking round a lot - they knew they were up to no good.”

A spokesman for ELT said once they were made aware of the footage they conducted an investigation before finding out who the drivers were - and promptly cancelled their contracts with the company.

He said: “We are very unhappy about it - we can’t have that. We are working on behalf of charities and can’t have things like that happening. The drivers had to go.”

“We have had similar instances in other areas of the country in the past. People who do it lose their contract, it’s as simple as that.”

Television production company Topical TV have since contacted Joe, and he has granted permission for them to use the footage in the new series of BBC1 show Caught Red Handed which starts on February 24.

Presented by Dom Littlewood, the episode featuring the footage will aim to address the growing problems surrounding fly-tipping.

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