Newspapers and TV channels across the UK are supporting Croydon Council’s call for the public’s help in catching a fly-tipper who dumped three tonnes of building waste while driving along a residential street.
The story and video clip have been republished and broadcast in newspapers, on TV channels and on websites from the Evening Standard, Metro, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph, to the BBC and ITV.
A resident’s back-yard CCTV camera filmed the white tipper truck dropping the rubble, plaster and wood as it was driven along Croham Manor Close, off Croham Road in South Croydon, at 1.55pm on Tuesday 15 March.
Officers spotted and seized the Ford Transit van, which has the numberplate X597 AAF, in Addiscombe on Thursday. The van was half-full with waste when it was confiscated, and is now being examined for evidence. Now enforcement officers’ focus is on finding the driver, who is the council’s number-one target fly-tipping offender.
Following sightings of the unregistered van by members of the public at locations including Addiscombe, Norbury and Thornton Heath, the council’s environmental enforcement team suspects it has been used for fly-tipping elsewhere in the borough.
“Fly-tipping costs thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money to clear up and it blights our borough, so I urge anyone with information about the van’s driver to contact our officers to help them prosecute this particularly shameless criminal.”
Councillor Stuart Collins, deputy leader – Clean Green Croydon
To report dumped waste, call the council’s dedicated fly-tipping hotline on 020 8604 7000, use the council’s My Croydon smartphone app or email firstname.lastname@example.org