Two of our off-duty Enforcement Officers caught two suspected fly-tippers dumping 92 lorry tyres in a lay-by in Purfleet.
The two men were seen unloading the tyres from the back of an HGV and admitted their involvement in the crime when our officers, who were on their way home from a busy shift, called police to the scene.
Both could now face prosecution, resulting in a large fine or even imprisonment.
The officers’ quick-thinking has saved council tax-payers a minimum £20,000 clean-up bill – the cost we would have faced to remove and dispose of the tyres.
We’d like to remind residents to re-apply for their free permit to the Linford Household Waste & Recycling Centre this month.
The free annual permits were introduced for residents using vans or trailers for domestic waste to the site to reduce visitor queues and bring an end to abuse of the service by non-Thurrock residents.
Anyone who signed up to the scheme during its launch and are nearing the end of their 12-month term needs to re-apply to use a free permit during the next year.