Update on Fly Tipping
A meeting organised by the Upminster ward Residents’ Association councillors on 1st March about fly tipping had a key message from the police, which was not to use facebook or social media to advertise fly tips and clearance as the criminals are gaining access to this information.
Council officers and the police are working closely to consider strategies to disrupt and catch the criminal gangs who are fly-tipping in our borough and across many others in the region.
A joint operation to collaborate on sharing intelligence and actions has been set up and includes, the Metropolitan, Essex and Hertfordshire Police forces, The Environment Agency, Crime Stoppers, Serious Crime Directorate, Epping Forest Council and Havering Council. The operation is called ‘Op Bayleaf’.
If you see large scale fly tipping, call the incident number 0800 80 70 60 and quote ‘Op Bayleaf’. If you can give as much information as possible that will assist in building intelligence to assist these agencies to tackle this very serious issue.
Cllr Linda Van den Hende
PS a petition to the government to substantially increase penalties and adopt a much tougher response to fly-tippers is being formulated by the Residents’ Association – watch this space!