Greenwich council is clamping down on fly-tipping with more vehicle seizures and fines.

Earlier this year the council received a number of complaints about a fly-tipping hotspot on Sewell Road in Abbey Wood.

With the help of mobile technology, the Council’s environmental crime team has now gathered evidence against eight vehicles.

In one particular case, a car was used to dump a mattress on Sewell Road which would have cost just £10 to dispose of, but instead the registered keeper has paid £640 in costs after her vehicle was seized in Bexley.

Another vehicle, a white Ford Transit van, was also caught fly-tipping on Sewell Road and has been seized by the Council after a late night joint operation with Plumstead Police as part of 'Operation Stop It!'.

In the past 12 months, different services across Greenwich have pooled their resources to ensure the Council takes a tough approach against these offences.

The Council has also been supported by the Metropolitan Police under Operation Stop It!, to clamp down on fly-tipping across the borough.

However, the year 2018/19, the borough has seen a 47 per cent reduction in the number of reported fly-tips in comparison to 2017/18.

Cllr Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for said: “We want to ensure our borough is kept clean and tidy and everyone has a part to play in this. There is absolutely no excuse for dumping rubbish illegally.

“We take a zero tolerance approach to dealing with environmental crime like fly-tipping, and there will be consequences for anyone who is caught committing a crime against the environment in our borough.”