Appeal for witnesses to Upper Norwood’s midnight tipper

Keeping Croydon’s streets clean and free of fly-tips continues to be a constant battle, as demonstrated by one illegal dumper last week when they left a lorry-load of their old crap that blocked a road in Upper Norwood.

Someone seriously believed that they might just dump a truckload of builder’s waste and assorted rubbish on an Upper Norwood street last week

The council is calling for public help in tracking down the midnight fly-tipper who dumped a ton and a half of rubbish on Auckland Road in the first few minutes of last Tuesday, June 20.

“They obviously don’t care about the mess they leave behind or the clear-up cost to local taxpayers, so I’d urge anyone with information to help our officers whose job it is to track down and prosecute the culprit,” said Stuart Collins, the council cabinet member responsible for the state of our streets.

“This kind of crime spoils our local environment, which is why we’re determined to catch this fly-tipper.”

As well as building materials, the Auckland Rise fly-tip included a barbecue, a suitcase and plastic boxes. The council believes the waste was dumped from a tipper truck before being driven off from the site, which is near the junction with Mowbray Road.

The fly-tip blocked one carriageway of the road, which meant council officers had to cordon it off from traffic until a specialist grab lorry had cleared the waste away.

Members of the public with information about the incident can also report it to officers out patrolling from the council’s new dedicated fly-tip taskforce, which has already issued 44 fixed penalty notices since being launched in April.

The Labour administration on the council has made its fly-tip clear-up campaign a key aspect of its policies since 2014, and they have prosecuted 150 offenders through the courts, including one fly-tipper who received a one-year jail sentence earlier this year for dumping three tonnes of waste.

Anyone with information can either call the council’s fly-tip hotline on 0208 604 7000 or email flytip@croydon.gov.uk


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