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Lorries seized in cop swoop for illegal waste dumping

PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:55 05 October 2010

POLICE squads stopped 30 lorries in the street suspected of illegal flytipping in East London. One driver was arrested and two vehicles were seized in the joint operation by cops and local authority environment officials

By Mike Brooke

POLICE squads stopped 30 lorries in the street suspected of illegal flytipping in East London.

One driver was arrested and two vehicles were seized in the joint operation by cops and local authority environment officials.

They stopped vehicles carrying or were capable of carrying waste to determine where it was collected from, whether the carrier was registered and where the waste would be disposed.

"There has been a problem with vehicles illegally dumping scrap tyres, builders' waste and furniture," said a Tower Hamlets council spokesman.

"We want to deter those that produce, carry or dispose of waste illegally or those passing through East London to stop this happening."

Police arrested one driver for having no license or insurance-who was also wanted by Bedford Magistrates' Court for failing to appear at court on a traffic matter.

Two other vehicles were also seized after the drivers were found to have no insurance.

Tower Hamlets local environment team is now carrying out further investigations into 14 of the 30 vehicles that were stopped which were potentially carrying illegal waste.


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