Operation ‘Blitz the Borough’ is a success

Community fights enviro-crime in MertonMerton was successfully ‘Blitzed’ last month as Operation ‘Blitz the Borough’ went into action to tackle environmental crime.

A large number of volunteers signed up for the community clean up days on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 September, including PC Stamp from TV’s The Bill, the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Edith Macauley, Siobhan McDonagh MP and Councillor Linda Kirby, Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Quality.

The clean up days marked the end of the Borough’s landmark FLAG project. FLAG is a partnership between Merton Council and the Metropolitan Police that aims to improve the quality of life for everyone who lives or works in Merton by tackling the public nuisances of Fly-tipping, Littering, Abandoned Vehicles and Graffiti.

For Operation ‘Blitz the Borough’ six zones were pinpointed as areas particularly badly hit by enviro-crime. Each zone was assigned a task force led by two corporals (a Merton Council worker and a Wimbledon police officer). Recruits reported to their chosen taskforce HQ for muster, where artillery (i.e. bin-bags, gloves, paint brushes and paint), helmets (free caps) and ration cards (for free provisions) were issued.

The clean up days were a great success. Many tonnes of litter were collected and all the areas that were identified to be targeted, as part of Operation Blitz the Borough, were cleaned successfully. Also a vast number of abandoned vehicles were identified over the two days by teams from the DVLA, police and Merton Council.

Many thanks go to all the volunteers who gave up their free time and pulled together to help the community.