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'About 100 tonnes' of rubbish blocks road in Little Gerpins Lane, Upminster, after more dumped over weekend

PUBLISHED: 14:00 30 August 2016 | UPDATED: 14:15 30 August 2016

More rubbish has been dumped at Little Gerpins Lane over the weekend

More rubbish has been dumped at Little Gerpins Lane over the weekend

Ricky Izod

Nearly "100 tonnes" of rubbish blocks a countryside lane after more rubbish was dumped at a notorious fly-tip hot spot over the weekend.

Another huge pile of rubbish was dumped in front of an existing tip composed of seven heaps of wood and grey ashes in Little Gerpins Lane, Upminster.

The original tip was discovered last Sunday but still had not been cleared by the council, when the new tip was dumped.

A man, who preferred not to be named, estimated about 100 tonnes of rubbish was now blocking the road.

The man, who said having seen a transit van tipping the rubbish on the countryside lane, has contacted the council and passed on the vehicle’s registration number.

Last week, he told the Recorder: “Around these lanes it seems to be happening around once a month at the moment.

“It’s annoying the road is closed, it’s annoying people just dump waste but it is also costing the council over thousands of pounds to clean it up. We are paying for this and this is money that could be spent on libraries and schools. This is criminal.”

Cabinet member for the environment Cllr Osman Dervish pledged to “ramp up” the enforcement activity in the area.

“This is a very high priority for us to tackle this illegal activity. If there is enough evidence, we can ramp up our enforcement and prosecute but this takes time.”

Director of neighbourhoods Steve Moore said: “This is organised criminal activity that requires a robust response. We are working closely with our colleagues in the Police and the Environment Agency and are doing everything possible to bring these people to justice.

“We are also urging the courts to treat fly-tipping as the serious menace it is and hand out suitably severe sentences to fly-tippers once they are caught.”

More to follow.

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