Published: Thursday, 25th January 2018

The clean up is part of the Council's Operation Stop It! campaign.

Royal Borough of Greenwich officers teamed up with Police officers to remove the cars from Boughton Road in Thamesmead.

Cracking down on environmental crime

The Council has been working hard to tackle persistent problems from cars either abandoned or parked in the street for sale or repair which have been impacting on the lives of residents and businesses in the area.

Under the successful ongoing Operation Stop It! campaign in the Royal Borough drivers can be pulled over and vehicles seized in licence, insurance and waste carrier checks. Drivers with uninsured vehicles face fines of £200 and six penalty points.

The action is a key part of the Council's campaign to crack down on illegal waste transporters whose activities lead to fly tipping and other enviro-crimes.

The Enviro Crime Officers also supported the Met Police who chased a speeding car in the area which eventually got away. The officers traced the car to the owners home address and seized it on grounds it had been untaxed since 2016.

'Great example of our partnership work'

Councillor Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Environment said: "This is fantastic work to tackle the persistent problems from abandoned and nuisance vehicles as well as fly-tipping which impacts on the quality of life for residents and businesses in and around Boughton Road.

"Operation Stop It! is a great example of our partnership work with the Met Police and other agencies to clamp down on drivers who flout the law.

"We have a zero tolerance policy towards all forms of enviro crime and this action sends out a clear message that we will always take the firmest possible action including the seizure of vehicles, prosecutions and fines running into thousands of pounds."

Tackling the impact on our communities

Borough Commander Simon Dobinson, said: "We're pleased to work in partnership with Royal Borough of Greenwich's Environmental Crime Unit to tackle these issues.

"Our officers provide locations of abandoned vehicles and those that are sold unofficially on the road-side. We obtain this information from concerned residents and ward panel meetings.

"This work demonstrates great collaborative working between the police and the Council and shows our joint determination to tackle environmental crime and its wider impact on our communities."

Report an abandoned vehicle

You can report an abandoned vehicle or a one being unofficially sold or repaired on a road - which is classed as a nuisance vehicle.

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