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Clampdown on waste crime and dangerous vehicles around London City Airport

PUBLISHED: 19:00 21 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:03 22 June 2018

The checks took place on the roads round London City Airport. Picture: Ken Mears

The checks took place on the roads round London City Airport. Picture: Ken Mears

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Officers are carrying out random checks around London City Airport to crack down on waste crime, thefts, and dangerous vehicles on the roads.

Environment agency officers, along with the Met Police and driver and vehicle standards agency, spent a day stopping drivers who they believed were committing offences.

Among those stopped was a driver who officers believed had stolen a metal cable. He was interviewed under caution by the police and environment officer.

Officers also checked if waste carriers were providing the correct waste transfer notes.

DVSA vehicle examiner, Keith Barker, whose team took three vans off the road, said: “There’s no excuse for driving with mechanical defects or with an overweight or unstable load. Those on London’s roads who break the rules are putting themselves and others at risk.”

Senior environmental crime officer Julia Leigh added: “We want to make it very clear to people that everyone has a duty of care to ensure their waste is managed and disposed of correctly by the people they give it to. If you use illegal waste carriers you risk being fined up to £5,000.”

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