Video: Maggot-filled rubbish bags left outside East Ham takeaways

A close up of maggots crawling over rubbish bags at the end of St Bartholomew's Road.

A close up of maggots crawling over rubbish bags at the end of St Bartholomew's Road. - Credit: Archant

These maggot-filled rubbish bags are a regular sight for John Wood, who has to pass them every day as he leaves his home.

John, 63, lives in St Bartholomew’s Road, East Ham, and filmed the maggots crawling out of the bags and onto the pavement.

“There are millions of them,” he said. “It looks like someone has tipped a bag of rice on the floor.”

John claims the surrounding takeaways on Barking Road are dumping their rubbish on the street, including beds, lamb carcasses and a cut up pig.

He said: “This has been going on for years and the council doesn’t seem to want to do anything about it.

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“I know the Mayor’s got other things on his plate, but they can put on the town show which is all for free and probably cost a bomb but they can’t get rid of a simple bit of rubbish.”

John’s wife uses a mobility scooter and has to go into the road to get around the piles of refuse.

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His family say the council cleans the rubbish up every day, but the problem has continued for five years and is “a relentless cycle”.

A spokesman for Newham Council said it is taking action against the person responsible, who faces a fixed penalty notice or possibly stronger measures.

He said: “This is unacceptable for residents and we are already taking action on their behalf.

“A more long-term problem of hoarding large amounts of waste at the location has been addressed by the council with the party concerned. There is currently an investigation into the illegal disposal of commercial waste at the location.”

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