Mountains of waste fly-tipped in Upminster car park
PUBLISHED: 14:10 29 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:10 29 October 2015
Two lorry loads of waste have blighted the landscape of Havering’s green spaces and will cost the taxpayer £5,000 to be removed.
Vacuum cleaners, cupboard doors and wooden panelling were among the items dumped in huge piles in the Parklands Open Space car park, Upminster, in the early hours of Wednesday.
Havering Council said the dump, discovered by park protection officers, is one of the biggest fly-tips seen in the borough this year and is appealing for information to help identify who left it.
The authority is expecting it to take several days to clear up the mountains of waste.
Cllr Robert Benham, Havering Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “We’ve recently had a number of successful prosecutions for fly-tipping where offenders have had to pay for their crime, and rightly so.
“It’s unacceptable for people to think that the public purse should have to bear the cost of fly-tipping.
“That’s why we need anyone with information about this, or any other fly-tips, to come forward and help us to bring those who commit this type of offence to justice.”
Fly-tipping is a criminal offence and those caught could be given a maximum penalty of £50,000 or 12 months imprisonment if the case is heard in the magistrates’ court or a five-year prison sentence and an unlimited fine if it is sent to the crown court.
Anyone with information about fly-tipping is asked to report the crime on the council’s website or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.