Redbridge council has dished out numerous fines following a spate of grime-crimes over one weekend.

The proactive fly-tipping operation saw council officers investigate and clear 16 fly-tip in and around Ilford.

The team waded through the mountains of mess, dumped over the weekend of September 19, to find evidence to track down the culprits.

After spending nearly five hours investigating and clearing the sites the team dug up enough dirt to issue fines totalling £800.

Evidence from three of the fly-tips was linked back to residents, and a local business who the council have not named.

Cllr Jas Athwal, the leader of the council, said: “Redbridge is our home and we all have a responsibility to keep it clean by disposing of our rubbish responsibly.

“There are some who choose to chuck their rubbish on the street, creating health hazards and ruining our local environment. This is unacceptable.

“Our uniformed enforcement officers and street cleansing team are working hard to clear up rubbish and catch those responsible.”

Cabinet member for civic pride Cllr John Howard added: “Dumping rubbish and wrecking our environment is a criminal offence, and we won’t tolerate it.

“It’s even worse to hear when it’s local people or businesses that have been caught selfishly dumping their trash on our streets, and destroying their own neighbourhoods.

“All of our residents deserve to live in a clean and safe environment. This is especially important now in the face of this pandemic. It is up to all of us to keep our streets clean, and report those we see fly-tipping."

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