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Operation Ohio: Councillor hopes every part of borough will be visited in future

15:57 07 December 2012

Police and trading standards officers execute part of Operation Ohio in Queens Market, Green Street. Picture: Ron Lamb

Police and trading standards officers execute part of Operation Ohio in Queens Market, Green Street. Picture: Ron Lamb

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A joint operation by the police and enforcement team to tackle anti-social behaviour and rogue traders came to an end yesterday.

A total of 476 homes were warned by council enforcement officers and section 92 police - Met officers paid for and tasked by the borough - to clear their front gardens in the third outing of Operation Ohio while 57 incidents of fly-tipping were found, and eight people were fined for littering.

Rogue traders of the busy shopping district along Green Street were also targeted as 146 businesses were checked with 25 issued with trade waste compliance notices, a beautician’s was found in breach of comestics regulations, and five illegal estate agent lettings boards were investigated.

The DVLA also joined the effort, scanning over 2,000 vehicles, leading to two disabled Blue Badge permits being seized, 14 parking notices, three vehicles clamped, another impounded, and officers found four cars registered in foreign countries.

Newham Council began the first Operation Ohio days after the Olympic Games as part of a commitment to increase the visibility of police and enforcement officers on the streets.

Cllr Unmesh Desai, executive member for crime and anti-social behaviour, said: “A minority of outlets haven’t got the message that they are not above the law.

“Our vision is that every part of the borough will be visited as part of the Operation Ohio programme and there will be follow up checks.”

Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, said: “Small businesses and market traders are vital to our community and they are facing tough competition. They should not have to put up with illegal operators who flout the law.

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