A joint operation involving Essex Police, Thurrock Council and the Environment Agency saw over 20 officers hitting the streets last Friday to tackle potential fly-tippers operating in Thurrock.
Between 5pm and midnight on Friday 25 January officers stopped any vehicles they suspected of transporting waste to make sure they were properly licensed.
The team – shown in the photo below – stopped around 30 vehicles and took the following action:
- one fixed penalty notice issued for failing to produce waste carriers licence on request
- one Section 34 notice issued, which gives the recipient with 7 days to produce documents for waste that they have transported for the previous 2 years
- one Fixed Penalty Notice issued for fly-tipping
- seven fixed penalty notices issued for littering
- one Community Protection Notice issued to require the removal of waste from land
- two on-going investigations regarding fly-posting on street furniture.
Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of Thurrock Council was in attendance when the officers commenced the operation from South Ockendon Police Station. He said: "This kind of operation sends a clear message that we will not tolerate anyone using Thurrock as a place to illegally dump waste.
"Fly-tipping is a vile act and a potential health hazard, it is not something we will tolerate in the borough. We will continue to work with colleagues in Essex Police and the Environment Agency as we tackle the unscrupulous criminals who blight our landscape with their rubbish."
PC Paul Brady of Essex Police's Gypsy and Traveller Rural Engagement Team (GTRET) said: "This was a successful high visibility operation to tackle the illegal transportation and dumping of waste in Thurrock. It was led by GTRET, with support from other policing departments, Thurrock Council and The Environment Agency, and almost 30 drivers were spoken to.
"We treat fly-tipping extremely seriously and work with our partners to prosecute anyone caught illegally depositing waste. The day of action sends a clear message – disposing of your waste illegally will not be tolerated here in Thurrock and you will face either a prosecution or a hefty fine."
An Environment Agency spokesperson said: "Fly-tipping is a crime and poses a threat to people and wildlife, and damages the environment. Waste criminals undermine legitimate businesses so we work closely with partners to share intelligence on such activity."