Croydon Council, the police and other enforcement agencies joined forces for a day of intensive action in a borough-wide crackdown on environmental crime as part of the Don’t Mess With Croydon campaign.
Council staff, supported by other partners, inspected vehicles carrying waste to ensure they had the necessary permits and permissions to transport refuse commercially.
The joint operation saw council and Metropolitan Police officers patrols around the borough with dedicated sites for vehicle testing.
The operation saw high-visibility patrols carried out across the entire borough as well as:
- 80 vehicle inspections on the Purley Way with one vehicle seized, one stopped from driving away and four served with notices for improvements before they could drive away.
- One vehicle seized.
- One abandoned vehicle removed.
- 10 Fixed Penalty Notices were issued by council officers, two Community Protection Warning Notices were issued and one fine for breaching a Public Space Protection Order was issued.
- 25 sets of graffiti across the town centre were removed.
As part of the eight-hour operation vehicles thought to be carrying commercial waste were pulled over and inspected for insurance, waste carrying permits and other documentation to ensure they were operating legally.
This is the second operation Croydon Council have organised after a smaller event last year.
You can use the Council’s Don’t Mess With Croydon app, available on the App Store and Google Play Store to report common environmental concerns including fly-tipping, abandoned vehicles and dog fouling.
“Working together with partners during operations like this is an excellent way of combatting and deterring environmental crime.
“We are working together to catch criminals and prevent them from offending throughout the year, but high-visibility co-ordinated actions like these are invaluable in raising the profile of the work we do.”
Councillor Stuart Collins, deputy leader – Clean Green Croydon