Council tracks down notorious Grenfell Park traveller fly-tip gang

Flytip in Havering park
A fly-tip left by travellers at Grenfell Park
Published: Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Havering Council has recovered four vehicles and identified six suspects after a traveller incursion and fly tipping in Grenfell Park (18-19 November).

Eleven caravans entered the park just before Midnight on Friday, followed by five transit tippers, which began dumping rubbish into Saturday morning.

The travellers were forced out of the park on Sunday afternoon, after Havering Parks Police secured the park and served notice on the gang.

Four of the vehicles suspected of fly tipping were later found in a supermarket car park close to Grenfell Park. One vehicle was seized and taken into custody. Another vehicle was treated as abandoned and has been removed.

Evidence found amongst the fly tip, which was made up mainly of building and household waste, has enabled six suspects to be identified. They have all been invited for an interview under caution.

Councillor Osman Dervish, Cabinet Member for Environment, said;

“Through a strong team effort, we have been successful in disrupting this particular gang, who are well known to the Environment Agency, in connection with recent fly-tipping in Newham and Haringey.              

“We take a zero-tolerance approach to travellers who settle in the borough without permission, and to those who are caught littering, polluting and fly-tipping. 

“Cleaning up fly-tips costs the Council close to one million pounds a year, money which could be spent on maintaining frontline services and protecting our most vulnerable residents. This case once again shows we will do everything in our power to bring any perpetrator to justice.”

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