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Bromley Council offers £500 reward for information leading to prosecution of fly tipper

PUBLISHED: 07:00 23 May 2018

The trailer was found in Oakfield Road, Penge. Picture: Bromley Council

The trailer was found in Oakfield Road, Penge. Picture: Bromley Council

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The council is offering a £500 reward for information about an abandoned 40ft articulated trailer which was discovered full of dumped rubbish.

The council is offering a £500 reward for information leading to a successful prosecution. Picture: Bromley Council The council is offering a £500 reward for information leading to a successful prosecution. Picture: Bromley Council

An investigation is underway following the removal of the trailer, and witnesses who may have seen the driver of the lorry are asked to contact the council, with the reward available for information leading to a successful prosecution.

The trailer was found in Oakfield Road in Penge and subsequent investigations revealed that the trailer, which did not have a registration mark on it, was full of dumped rubbish.

The final costs of the specialist removal and disposal operation have not yet been established but it is believed they will be in excess of £20,000.

Cllr Kate Lymer, executive councillor for public protection and enforcement, said: “This is an example of where organised crime is making money from fly-tipping.

“Whilst we suspect that rubbish in the trailer has not come from local people, it is a stark reminder to make sure that you should check the credentials of anyone who takes away items you are throwing away.

“I would appeal to anyone who may have information to come forward and help us with our investigation.”

A specialist recovery vehicle was needed to remove the trailer as it was in poor condition and not in roadworthy state, with the rear axle damaged. The contents of the trailer, which was over 4 metres (13ft) high and 40 ft long are being disposed of but it contained a large quantity of rubbish, including mattresses, construction waste, carpet and other household related items.

Residents are also being warned that they need to properly check the credentials of anyone being employed to remove unwanted items or waste from their home.

Legally, any trader responsible for removing waste from a property needs to be a registered waste carrier and hold a valid waste carrier’s licence. Whilst a business can be fined up to £5000 for not registering, householders can also be prosecuted for using an unlicensed waste carrier.

Fly-tipping problems can be reported on the council’s website www.bromley.gov.uk/report.

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