Residents were left gobsmacked after a council refuse truck dumped a huge pile of rubbish on their estate in the middle of the night.
Video footage shows the white Mercedes-Benz tipper truck reversing onto the Cossall Estate, in Peckham, before upending reams of junk onto the ground at about 1.50am today, Friday.
A father of two, who filmed the scene on his mobile phone as he watched on in horror, said he couldn’t believe his eyes as what looked like garden furniture, a quad bike, DVDs and bags of rubbish were scattered across the floor.
Speaking to the News, the man, who did not want to be identified, said: “I heard this rattling noise coming along in the car park and it was this van coming in and I know they don’t work at that time in the morning so it started ringing alarm bells.
“I was so shocked because I have two kids and normally take them downstairs to play and it’s got all these things like nails and screws on the floor and my little one is always falling over.
“That’s why I felt something had to be done about it because it’s not right and it’s not fair and where it was dumped was stopping people from coming out of their garages – there was no consideration at all.
“They looked around as if they were looking to see if anyone was watching so I know for a fact they were up to something. I think they are selfish.”
Councillor Richard Livingstone, cabinet member for environment, transport management and air quality, told the News the truck was not on council business at the time of the incident.
“We can confirm that this was a council vehicle, however it was not on council business at the time,” he said.
“This appears to be a serious abuse of council property and we are currently investigating as a matter of importance.
“We ensured that the waste was cleared from the estate this morning [Friday].”