Vehicle seized and enforcement notices issued during latest Operation Stop It

Tuesday 4 June 2024

The Royal Borough of Greenwich and the Metropolitan Police are cracking down on fly-tipping and the illegal possession of drugs.

During their latest two-hour operation on Woolwich Road on 15 May 2024, the team stopped vehicles suspected of illegally transporting waste. Each vehicle stopped was cross-checked against a database of known registration numbers linked to fly-tipping activities.

The Council inspected seven vehicles and issued two enforcement notices for various offences. The police issued five citations: one for no brake lights, one for using a mobile phone whilst driving, two for not wearing a seat belt, and one for driving without a proper licence. A vehicle was also seized for operating without insurance and with a revoked licence.

The team was assisted by police dogs and traces of cannabis were found in one car, which generated a larger intelligence report for the potential transportation of large quantities of cannabis. This is currently under investigation.

A Council spokesperson said: “Operation Stop It helps keep our neighbourhoods vibrant, safe and attractive and continues to thrive with this latest operation a prime example.

The Council aims to conduct one operation per month and regularly partners with organisations such as the Met Police, London Fire Brigade, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), Immigration services and Transport for London, to deal with vehicle-related crimes like fly-tipping.”

To report fly-tipping visit fix.royalgreenwich.gov.uk.