Rural officers were out working with local partners to tackle fly-tippers across Kent when they came across a suspicious vehicle in Chatham on Thursday 27 May 2021.
Officers stopped the 23-year-old driver and arrested him in connection with a robbery that had taken place in Orion Road earlier that day. The truck was searched and suspected stolen items were recovered, the truck was also seized.
The reported robbery involved two victims who said they were threatened with a hammer and robbed of their scrap metal, a mobile phone and a bank card.
Throughout the day several vehicles were stopped and checks were made to ensure those people carrying and moving waste were doing so legally and had all the correct paperwork.
Sergeant Darren Walshaw of the Rural Task Force said: ‘Joint operations like this are so important to ensure people are not disposing of waste illegally. In addition to stop checks and targeted patrols, officers also visit scrap metal dealerships to ensure they are keeping accurate records.
‘On this occasion, we did not have to issue any fines. This is a good opportunity however to remind the public that fly-tipping is not just littering, it is organised criminality. The problem blights communities and some waste, like asbestos, can pose a significant health risk to the public.
‘Everyone has a responsibility to tackle this issue and I would ask anyone having waste removed from their property to ensure that the person taking their rubbish is licensed to do so. Many are unaware that they may be fined if their rubbish is linked to their household, even if they have paid someone to dispose of it.
‘By working with our partners and local people we can make a positive difference and protect our countryside from fly-tippers.’