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Street sweeper cleans up Romford crime scene

PUBLISHED: 16:03 25 September 2014 | UPDATED: 18:09 25 September 2014

A rogue street cleaner picking up potential evidence. Picture: James Galbraith

A rogue street cleaner picking up potential evidence. Picture: James Galbraith

James Galbraith

A rogue street sweeper navigated police tape labelled "do not cross" to clear litter from a crime scene.

The cleaner got a talking to from a police officer. Picture: James GalbraithThe cleaner got a talking to from a police officer. Picture: James Galbraith

Officers had cordoned off an area outside Romford Station in South Street on Monday morning to protect forensic evidence after a serious assault.

But with work to be done, the thorough Havering Council worker was seen ducking under the tape before being approached by officers and making her way out of the restricted area.

No harm was done and leniency was shown to the cleaner, despite removal of evidence being a criminal act.

Amused railway worker James Galbraith caught the act on camera. He said: “She was cleaning up the area around the bus stops, then went under the tape and just carried on.

“After two or three minutes a police officer had a word with her and she left to carry on elsewhere.”

A 33-year-old man was taken to hospital with facial injuries after the attack, which is thought to have stemmed from an altercation at a nearby nightclub.

A cordon was in place in South Street for much of the day on Monday as police investigated the crime, causing chaos in the town centre for commuters and passers-by.

Officers, who had been called to the scene just before 2am, later arrested two 20-year-old men from Dagenham.

Cllr Robert Benham, cabinet member for environment at Havering Council, said the woman simply “made a mistake”.

He added: “As soon as she realised after police had spoken to her, she moved away from the cordon. She clearly takes pride in her work.”

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