Witness appeal following four further fly-tip incidents

Published Tuesday, 5 June 2018

An investigation is underway following the discovery over the weekend of 4 40ft abandoned articulated trailers 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 40ft abandoned articulated trailers are currently parked in Copers Cope Road and Worsley Bridge Road, with 3 of the trailers parked in Copers Cope Road and a further trailer parked in Worsley Bridge Road.  The waste has been baled or wrapped in black plastic wrapping and left on the trailers which are all in a poor state of repair.  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 £80,000.

“This deliberate act of fly-tipping is a form of organised crime. People are paying good money to these cynical criminals in the belief that they will dispose of their waste but they end up dumping it instead and keeping the cash for themselves – which can amount to thousands of pounds. Bromley residents are left to foot the clean-up bill via their council tax through no fault of their own. We need your help to catch the perpetrators and if anyone remembers seeing anything, no matter how insignificant it seems, please get in touch. Please keep a look out for suspicious behaviour in future and call the police straightaway if you think you’ve seen something dubious. We are determined to put a stop to this” said Councillor Kate Lymer, Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement. 

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

A heavy goods vehicle cab has also been found in Worsley Bridge, which is not driveable but witnesses are being asked whether they know where this vehicle may have been and who has been driving it.  The vehicle registration of the white MAN D20 cab is BX56 LSN. 

The weight of the trailers are so heavy, that they have damaged the road surface and will require specialist recovery, especially as they are in poor condition and not in a roadworthy state.

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 upto £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 fly-tip, 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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Editors notes

  • The council operates an enviro crime reward scheme with rewards of upto £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.
  • For media enquiries, please contact Andrew Rogers, Communications Executive, on  020 8461 7670 or email andrew.rogers@bromley.gov.uk