Caught in the act

A fly tipping culprit was caught dumping waste in Hillcross Avenue recreation area on the 12 May 2005 in a covert operation undertaken by Merton’s waste enforcement team, the Metropolitan Police and the Environment Agency.

The operation came after Merton’s CCTV operators spotted the culprit dumping rubbish in Kenley Road Car Park, Morden in April. Following this police located the culprit in the London Borough of Sutton on 12 May and enforcement officers from Merton Council and the Environment Agency discreetly followed the vehicle across the Sutton border into Merton. The culprit was then caught dumping waste in the recreation area of Hillcross Avenue.

The Waste Enforcement Team is now preparing a prosecution case for submission to the Council’s solicitor with the view to commencing criminal proceedings.

Councillor Linda Kirby, Cabinet Member for Environmental Quality, said, “This operation proves we do not take fly tipping of our borough lightly. We will go to any length to ensure culprits are caught and receive the correct punishment for their crime.”

Waste can be disposed of legally at the Re-use and Recycling Centre in Garth Road, Morden. Commercial waste opening hours are from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Sunday. There is a charge of £25 for the first 300kg and £75 for larger loads.