Exclusive: Legal action being explored over council truck fly-tipping on estate in middle of the night

Josh Salisbury (31 January, 2019) Environment

Shocked residents had filmed the council vehicle dumping bags of rubbish on the estate in the middle of the night

23714Video footage showed a council refuse truck dumping piles of rubbish on an estate in Peckham in the middle of the night

The council is exploring taking legal action against a fly-tipper who used a council truck to dump reams of rubbish on an estate in the middle of the night.

As the News reported in July, shocked residents of Peckham’s Cossall Estate filmed the council truck dumping garden furniture, a quad bike, DVDs and bags of rubbish.

A spokesperson confirmed to the News last July that it was not on council business at the time.

In footage shared with the News, the white Mercedes-Benz tipper truck is seen reversing into the estate at around 1.50am before upending reams of junk onto the ground.

One father-of-two, who did not wish to be named, said at the time: “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.”

Video footage shows a council refuse truck dumping piles of rubbish on an estate in Peckham in the middle of the night

Video footage showed a council refuse truck dumping piles of rubbish on an estate in Peckham in the middle of the night

The News understands that council officers are taking statements from those who may have witnessed the incident to help with any future legal action that may be taken.

Asked to confirm whether legal action is being pursued, Cllr Richard Livingstone, Cabinet Member for environment, transport management and air quality, said: “The council is currently undertaking a full and thorough investigation of all available evidence, so that an informed decision can be made about the possibility of legal action.”

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