Witness appeal following fly-tip incident

Published Tuesday, 22 May 2018

An investigation is underway following the removal of an abandoned 40ft articulated trailer which was full of dumped rubbish.

Witnesses who may have seen the driver of the lorry are asked to contact the council, with a £500 reward available for information leading to a successful prosecution.

The trailer was discovered in Oakfield Road in Penge and subsequent investigations revealed that the trailer, which did not have a registration mark on it, was full of dumped rubbish.  The final costs of the specialist removal and disposal operation have not yet been established but it is believed they will be in excess of £20,000.

"This is an example of where organised crime is making money from fly-tipping.  Whilst we suspect that rubbish in the trailer has not come from local people, it is a stark reminder to make sure that you should check the credentials of anyone who takes away items you are throwing away.  I would appeal to anyone who may have information to come forward and help us with our investigation" said Councillor Lymer, Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement. 

Councillor Lymer added, "This incident would have been over fairly quickly but if anyone sees a large heavy goods vehicle in suspicious circumstances in the future, please do be alert to what might be happening and consider calling the police.  If a lorry looks out of place or if the cab is being unhitched from the trailer, then please be mindful of this incident and most probably call the Police so that hopefully the perpetrators can be caught."

The investigation is continuing, with CCTV being studied and local residents being contacted to check if they did witness something which may not have been suspicious at the time.  Enviro crime information can be reported to the council by visiting http://www.bromley.gov.uk/envirocrime

A specialist recovery vehicle was needed to remove the trailer as it was in poor condition and not in a roadworthy state, with the rear axle damaged.  The contents of the trailer, which was over 4 metres (13ft) high and 40ft long are being disposed of but it contained a large quantity of rubbish, including mattresses, construction waste, carpet and other household related items. 

Residents are also being warned they need to properly check the credentials of anyone being employed to remove unwanted items or waste from their home.  Legally, any trader responsible for removing waste from a property needs to be a registered waste carrier and hold a valid waste carrier's licence.  Whilst a business can be fined up to £5000 for not registering, householders can also be prosecuted for using an unlicensed waste carrier. 

Fly-tipping problems can quickly and easily be reported on the council's website www.bromley.gov.uk/report and as the site is smart phone and tablet compatible, problems can be reported 'on the move' with photos capable of being uploaded for ease.  When the Council removes the flytip, the person who reported it is notified.   In emergencies, when a road is completely blocked for instance, fly-tipping should be reported by phone so that priority attention can be given. 

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Editor's notes 

  • The council operates a enviro crime reward scheme with rewards of up to £500 available for information leading to the successful prosecution of offenders. 
  • The offence of fly-tipping is set out in section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.  The maximum penalties for fly-tipping on summary conviction are a £50,000 fine and/or twelve months' imprisonment.  On conviction in a Crown Court the maximum penalties are an unlimited fine and/or five years imprisonment. 

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