Fly tip success

Merton Council’s Environmental Enforcement Team has scored a success against flytippers.

Following a tip-off from a concerned resident who witnessed a gang illegally dumping office furniture, the team has traced both vans involved and impounded them. If the owners do not come forward within a month both vehicles will be crushed.

The furniture was dumped in East Road, Wimbledon in April. Fortunately a resident witnessed the event and recorded the details of the vans and the four people involved.

Shortly after the Enforcement Team received the details they traced the first vehicle and discovered a false address had been used to register the van. A warrant was then issued to seize the van upon sight and the police carried this out.

Days later a joint operation involving the DVLA, the Met Police, the Environment Agency and Merton’s Enforcement Team saw the second vehicle successfully identified and seized.

Both vehicles are now impounded and if the owners do not claim them within the next 28 days they will be crushed.

Councillor Linda Kirby, Cabinet Member for Environmental Quality, said: “This is an excellent piece of work by the Enforcement Team and underlines our commitment to combating fly-tipping and other anti social behaviour.”

Anyone who witnesses fly tipping in their area should try and record as much information as possible and contact Merton’s Enforcement Team on 020 8274 4902.

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Note to Editors: Photos of the vans are available upon request.