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Vehicle seized from suspected fly tipping offender is crushed

Published Wednesday 30 September, 2020
Last updated on Wednesday 30 September, 2020

A vehicle believed to be used for repeat fly tipping incidents around Swale has been crushed after being seized by Swale Borough Council Environmental Officers and Kent Police’s Rural Task Force during a crackdown on fly tipping.

The vehicle was crushed last week at Bobbing Car Breakers after being seized from outside the owner’s property in James Street, Sheerness in June.

It is alleged that the vehicle was used as part of an operation which duped local residents into thinking they were having their household waste disposed of legally by a trader using a waste carrier licence that potentially belonged to somebody else.

A year long investigation that is still ongoing, written statements from deceived customers, and asbestos guttering and down pipes dumped by the river in Maple Street, Sheerness provided the evidence needed to seize the vehicle during enquiries into waste offences.

Once seized, the owner had 15 days to reclaim the vehicle by providing the relevant proof needed to show that he was the current registered owner of the vehicle.

As the vehicle was not claimed and was not able to be sold by the recovery yard to reclaim expenses due to its age and poor condition, it was decontaminated and crushed.

Cllr Tim Valentine, cabinet member for the environment, said:

“This is a win for the local residents who were misled into thinking they were disposing of their household waste responsibly.

“We are still investigating this case but thanks to written statements from residents and our officer’s enquiries, we were able to seize a vehicle believed to be involved with alleged waste offences.

“We have sympathy for the residents who believed they were doing the right thing and acting responsibly by using what they thought to be a licenced waste carrier, and we are grateful for their help in providing the evidence we needed to investigate these incidents.

“We want to remind anyone carrying waste in a vehicle without the relevant licence, or using a vehicle to fly tip, that the vehicle could be seized at any time.

“All waste carriers must hold a waste carrier license and dispose of the goods legally.

“If found to be illegally carrying waste or involved with fly tipping, their vehicle will be seized - along with any goods inside the vehicle - and possibly crushed.

“We’re serious about cracking down on fly tipping and will continue to work together with police and local residents to stop the criminals that ruin our local towns and countryside.”

For more information about fly-tipping, and what the council is doing to tackle it, visit