Wanted posters with CCTV images to tackle ‘grime crime’ hotspots

14 February 2020

A new weapon in the fight against grime crime is being unleashed by Brent Council to catch people selfishly spoiling some of the borough’s streets for everyone else.

Responding directly to residents’ anger that devious dumpers are not playing by the rules, the council is set to release CCTV images of people carrying out grime crimes, like fly tipping, along with a public appeal to identify them.

The council is launching the latest phase of the #lovewhereyoulive campaign on St Valentine’s Day, with hard-hitting ‘WANTED’ posters, which could leave litterlouts red-faced and out of pocket.

If the culprits are not identified by the posters, the enviro-crime images will go online on a monthly basis so they reach a wider audience. Once an offender is identified, the council will do everything possible to ensure they are taken to court where they face an unlimited fine or prison sentence.

Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, said: “Brent is a fantastic place and most residents absolutely love where they live and take pride in our neighbourhoods but a minority of individuals do not.

“No one wants a pile of rubbish dumped on their street and the individuals doing this are not being fair to the rest of us. This campaign is all about ramming home the message that illegal rubbish dumping is not acceptable. From now on, if our cameras spot people dumping rubbish illegally we will ask the rest of the community to tell us who they are and then take them to court on the community’s behalf.”

Fly tipping alone cost the council £1.1m as the council’s enforcement teams dealt with more than 33,000 cases of illegal rubbish dumping. The issue is not unique to Brent as fly tipping has increased by more than 50 per cent across the UK over the past six years.

Councillor Krupa Sheth, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “The council is doing everything it can to pick up the dumped rubbish but I know residents would prefer it was not dumped there in the first place. We are fed up with fly-tippers thinking they can get away with dumping rubbish on our streets and we need your help to identify the culprits.”

If you see someone you know doing something they should not, tell us anonymously by emailing waste.enforcement@brent.gov.uk or calling 020 8937 4994. Information provided by residents will be treated in strict confidence.