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Welcome to the fight to clean up our streets and put the "great" back into Britain.

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It's an environmental crime that needs dealing with severely.

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Every day there are nearly 3,000 illegal fly tips across the UK.

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Soiled nappies. That's going to attract rats.

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And this mucky mess is wrecking our cities and countryside.

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Would they do it on their own doorstep? No.

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From the 122 tons of cigarette butts

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or 900 tons of dog mess that hits our streets daily,

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to mountains of hazardous waste, we're all affected by what's dumped on our doorsteps.

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We're with the officers determined to catch the crooks in the most shocking cases ever seen.

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Anything you do say may be used evidence.

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Join us in the battle to clean up our country

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as the war is waged on Britain's filthy, rotten scoundrels.

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Today on Filthy Rotten Scoundrels - the shocking story of a crook that

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targeted a primary school with his illegal fly-tipping.

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A vehicle reversed into the driveway and dumped all these breeze blocks.

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But officers in this borough have zero tolerance with crimes like this.

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Our stance is always to make sure that the vehicle is crushed.

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Plus, how a London business was devastated by illegal fly-tipping.

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We had one customer turn up - she actually got back in her vehicle,

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phoned us and said, "I'm outside, but I'm scared to actually come out."

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And, in Bristol, officers are trying to find out who is dumping

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mountains of disgusting rubbish next to residents' back fences.

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Takeaway. That's obviously the cleaning out of a rabbit hutch.

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It's every other house along here. It's not just one person, is it?

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But first...

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Early morning in Liverpool, and enforcement officers Gary and Bill hit the road.

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They're investigating an urgent case.

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It looks like a dodgy builder has dumped a van-load of waste

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at a notorious fly-tipping hotspot.

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It may not look like much but in the last year alone,

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the area they're heading to - known as Higher Lane -

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has seen no fewer than 62 illegal fly-tips.

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And as if that's not bad enough,

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this place is right next to a cemetery.

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Have these people got no respect?

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Gary and Bill reckon that some of the dumping is being done by the same person.

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So they've pulled in help from a secret weapon.

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We've actually got two CCTV cameras down here

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because it's a bad site for your fly-tipping.

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With every case, officers need to check

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if there's any evidence in the fly-tip that could help with their investigation.

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It's crucial they find something to identify the crook who's dumped this rubbish.

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Three-and-a-half ton tipper.

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Yeah, flagging.

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Somebody's done flagging in a garden. Bits of old flags, bricks.

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Getting their garden ready for the summer

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cos they want to sit in a nice garden in the summer.

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But we'll make a mess of somebody else's area for the summer.

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If Bill and Gary catch the person who did this, they won't be doing it for much longer.

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This is one of the reasons why we've got this camera.

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This is happening quite a lot - tipper truck like this, probably in and out in five minutes.

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Nobody about. Early morning, maybe.

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Early evening, after they've finished work.

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And hopefully we're going to get them on CCTV and get the number plate.

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Now, my next step.

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Go back to work and view CCTV footage on the laptop in work

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and find who this person is.

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CCTV is a massive help for Gary and Bill

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in their fight against fly-tipping in Liverpool.

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And with 40 cases reported every day,

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residents right across the city have simply had enough.

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There's no pleasure in waking up of a morning, looking out the window,

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on a nice day, and seeing a load of rubbish.

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Well, I don't think they care about what other people think. It's just, "Oh, let's get rid of it."

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They don't care who it belongs to or who's living around.

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"Let's just get rid of it." That's what they think.

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At the office, Gary and Bill are doing their best to make their city

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a better place to live.

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Big Brother's watching.

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Time to get down to detective work.

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Has this latest dump been caught on CCTV?

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Ah! I've actually caught the gent red-handed, with his tipper up.

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Bingo. It looks like a right result for the boys.

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The assumptions were right - it was a tipper truck, a 3.5 ton tipper truck.

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Which I had idea it would be, because they can be in and out of there in probably two minutes.

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This gent is only probably in here two minutes.

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But seeing him in the act isn't enough evidence.

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They need to pick out some detail to identify this law breaker.

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Right, what I'll do now, I'll try going down minute by minute

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and see if we can fine-tune it.

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That's fine.

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And I've hit the jackpot.

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There you go. 7.36, he's actually in the middle of tipping.

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I'll just fine-tune this, now.

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Gary's looking for a shot where the van's registration is clear enough

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to identify and catch the culprit bang to rights.

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Straightaway, I can see his registration.

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In fact, that's the registration number of a known offender.

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Yes, he's been to court and fined before. So, hopefully, this time

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he's going to learn his lesson and get a much bigger fine.

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Just as they initially thought, Gary and Bill have a serial fly-tipper on hands.

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They've now got their sights firmly targeted on this rotter.

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If they can catch the man, it will stop him once and for all

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and help clear up this area of Liverpool.

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But a few days after the footage was spotted,

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Gary's laptop unbelievably corrupted.

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The film was permanently lost.

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With the laptop repaired and the camera double-checked,

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the enforcement team can now only hope

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the repeat offender does it again.

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I've got the vehicle coming in

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and I can clearly see his registration plate.

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And, as the police get involved, could this be the van and the man

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that's repeatedly fly-tipping in Liverpool?

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Enviro-enforcers experience brazen criminal acts every day.

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But some cases simply take the biscuit.

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Next, a fly-tipper who he wishes he hadn't targeted a primary school with his illegal dumping.

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Croydon, south London.

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In just one year they had nearly 5,500 fly-tips reported,

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costing 168 grand to clear up.

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They'd had enough and came up with an extreme solution to their problem.

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Mattresses, settees and beds were finding their way onto street corners.

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It just makes the place look run-down.

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Aside from the tens of thousands of pounds that we're spending

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on just clearing fly-tipping from the street, it's depressing.

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So that's why we really stepped up the game

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in terms of responding to fly-tipping over the last year or so.

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This was the local primary school that was targeted by one of the fly-tipping law-breakers.

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Headmistress Sue Eastwood was shocked when she fell foul of this dodgy deed.

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During the summer holidays, when the children weren't here,

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a vehicle reversed into the driveway of the school

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and dumped all these breeze blocks in the driveway.

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What a shocker.

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But this brazen act didn't go unnoticed in broad daylight.

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We had some contact from the police.

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They were in the vicinity and heard this almighty crash.

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When they got out of the vehicle to investigate it further,

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they approached the driver of the vehicle.

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I think he was with someone else.

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And as the police wanted to engage further with them to talk things through, they ran off.

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I think they pushed past the police and ran off.

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Because it was blocking the driveway -

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not only with the breeze blocks, but the vehicle was abandoned and left there.

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Until Croydon Council could actually remove it, people had to remain on site.

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It's just hugely inconsiderate.

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We had to pay for Croydon Council to come and remove the vehicle.

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Obviously, that had to come out of the school budget,

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which affects what we're spending on children.

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With the school being out of pocket, the council pulled out

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all the stops to make sure these criminals paid the price.

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So, they seized their van.

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Obviously, within a few days of investigation, we established that

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the vehicle wasn't registered with the Environment Agency.

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When we contacted the DVLA...

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..they advised us that the vehicle wasn't taxed.

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We tried to make contact with the owner.

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In fact, we asked them to come in and engage with us and they refused to do so.

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After a period of time, we advertised the fact that this vehicle was in our possession

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and we asked the owners to actually come and take the vehicle.

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They refused to make contact with us.

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After a period of time, our stance as a council is always

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to take the strongest possible action,

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which is to make sure that the vehicle is crushed.

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I love it when we see things through to their conclusion.

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Any vehicle that's actually involved in fly-tipping,

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I think we try and send out a very strong message.

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To see the vehicle being crushed like this, I think it sends out that message.

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This is the actual van that dumped the building blocks at the school.

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And this is us all saying goodbye to it.

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They will know that we've carried out this exercise - crushed the vehicle.

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I can just imagine how they'll feel when they see their vehicle

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that they've used to bring in some income actually being crushed in this way.

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So fly-tippers beware -

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next time, it might just be you waving goodbye to your van.

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It helps to know that that vehicle is gone.

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If that's happening, maybe - just maybe - people will begin to realise

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that they do get caught up with eventually

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and it would be best to actually take this to a local-authority tip

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and get rid of it legally.

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For the staff and children of Kensington Avenue Primary School,

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and all the victims of illegal fly-tipping,

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let's just have one last look at that van being crushed again. This one's for you.

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Officers in Liverpool are hunting a serial tipper they caught on CCTV.

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They lost their original footage when their computer crashed,

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but could they have got lucky when they spot a van

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doing the same thing in the same place?

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Just so blatantly ridiculous. What we're going to do now

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is speak with the local police.

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But next, an unbelievable case that brings a new meaning to the phrase

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"out of sight, out of mind". We're off to Bristol.

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With a population of around half a million, it's one of the largest cities in south-west England -

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and a breeding ground for some very anti-social behaviour.

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The main problem in Bristol is domestic waste being fly-tipped.

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Decaying mattresses, broken-up furniture, builders' rubble

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and bags of rotting household rubbish

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are regularly dumped in the city's roads and open spaces.

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With around 18 illegal fly-tips recorded every day, David Ashwin

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is another enviro-enforcer who is passionate about hunting down the wasters ruining his city.

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And, when it comes to bringing these people to justice,

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the 52-year-old former policeman is like a dog with a bone.

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A bag filled with nappies - lovely!

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But while the streets of Bristol suffer at the hands of these filthy, rotten fly-tippers,

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some people have it literally dumped on their doorsteps.

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There's a row of houses which back onto the playing fields. A number of them have access gates to the fields.

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At the back of the houses, all along, is a large amount of rubbish.

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People spoil the amenities for everybody else, by thinking it's not their problem.

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-Now it IS going to be their problem.

-That's right, Dave, you tell 'em!

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This is where it's all happening - the King George V playing fields in

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the north-east suburb of Downend in Bristol.

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And the dumped rubbish is a terrible eyesore.

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You can see this is the start, where...

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..people have got access to the rear

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and have just discarded their chairs, plastic chairs, whatever.

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Obviously someone's had some work done, just left...

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all their other stuff at the rear.

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David has important CSI work to do.

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He's going to have go through all the filth to dig out clues that will pinpoint which house or houses

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might be responsible for this disgusting mess.

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DOG BARKS

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And now he's gone and upset Rover. Woof.

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Well, he doesn't sound too menacing so it's back to the grindstone.

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It's extraordinary what's hidden amongst all this rubbish.

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Takeaway.

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Last night's dinner.

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-Even Thumper's getting a look-in.

-Ugh!

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That's obviously the cleaning out of a rabbit hutch.

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Obviously somebody feels that any excrement, this is where it comes.

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Child's nappies, waste from a rabbit hutch - just chuck it over the fence!

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Really, really unpleasant.

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I mean, looking at the gardens...

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..obviously this house - I can see a rabbit hutch there,

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so, you know, droppings, hutch.

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In the trade,

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that's what we call clues!

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You're not wrong there, David.

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-But there are literally piles and piles of rubbish.

-Let's move down to the next one.

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With so much to get through, he needs to find some hard evidence

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that will reveal who has been dumping this horrible lot.

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This doesn't look like it's been here for that long.

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There's a lot of child's toys here - a paddling pool, dog food bags.

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A few more child's paddling pools. Four.

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Five.

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Six.

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Seven.

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Seven paddling pools just here.

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Seven?! What, does Snow White live round here?

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I think someone needs to keep an eye on their sharp objects!

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But why dump it here?

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And it only gets worse.

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You've got pressure washers, strimmers, hedge trimmer, tyres,

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old car seat.

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And yet another paddling pool!

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Obviously using disposable paddling pools.

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Surely it can't be that hard to spot the culprit.

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Distinct lack of paddling pools in there.

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David's really not having any luck digging out those all-important clues,

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and seeing all this mess is just more frustrating.

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Obviously things that you think, I'll put them into the environment and they'll rot down nicely.

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They'll offer some animal a nice habitat!

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For the record, with the amount of metal and plastic here,

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this lot will take hundreds of years to decompose,

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and even then, it's not going to be good for the environment.

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There is nothing paper-wise evidentially here.

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But you can see from the location of it - who else is going to come here to put all this rubbish?

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It's not accessible other than from this address.

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There may be no hard evidence, but it's obvious where this lot came from.

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All these here are exactly the same as what's over here.

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And it's not just one person, is it?

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It's every other house along here just seems to think,

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it's over my wall, out the way - nothing to do with me.

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Well, I've heard of NIMBYs, the not-in-my-back-yard brigade,

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but this lot just don't care, as long as they don't have to look at it.

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But for one neighbour, these piles of rubbish

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only spell clear and present danger to her three grandchildren.

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Leave that alone.

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Leave that alone, please.

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If you've got children and everything,

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one of them is going to get hurt sooner or later.

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There's bits of nails coming out the wood.

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To be frank, it's a minefield for them - the nails, the paint there.

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This causes danger to the kids who come out and play.

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You can see all the kids out here playing.

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It puts all the children at danger.

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Very much so.

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You're not wrong there, David.

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It's been a frustrating CSI search for our top-notch investigator,

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especially as he knows the dirty, rotten fly-tippers are out there.

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If you look at the road, it's very tidy.

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There's three bins out on the street, that's all. It's a tidy street.

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The gardens look well kept. It's out of sight, out of mind.

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If nobody can see it,

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according to them it's not a problem.

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"As long as it's out of my garden, the problem has gone."

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Unfortunately it hasn't.

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The problems will come back to haunt them because I'm going to be knocking on their doors today.

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Still to come on Filthy Rotten Scoundrels,

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Problems come thick and fast for David

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when he goes door to door along the next street.

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It's time to meet the residents face to face.

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He's determined to find out who is responsible

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for the mess dumped over the back fences,

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but it's not going to be easy.

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I'm dealing with a lot of rubbish at the back of these houses.

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There's quite a bit at the back of yours.

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Will anyone be able to help him work out

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who has dumped the rubbish at the back of the houses?

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A couple of those people I'm sure were, erm...

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sparse with the truth.

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Back in Liverpool, enforcement officers Gary and Bill

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caught a serial fly-tipper dumping builder's waste on CCTV,

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but they lost the footage when the computer file got corrupted.

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The laptop has now been repaired and the camera double-checked.

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It's a week later, and Gary is working with his boss, Steve,

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and guess what - they've got lucky!

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At about 7.10am this morning, we found our man,

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caught him bang to rights.

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It's a massive result for the team.

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They've captured the van tipping again and this time they can identify exactly who it is.

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We've got him coming in and I can see the registration plate,

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so that's what we're working on now.

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He's now spinning it round to reverse in.

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It's a Ford Transit flatbed.

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To catch someone as brazen as this man in the act takes a lot of dedication from the officers.

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Gary will sit for hours, searching through footage finding the offenders.

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You can actually see from the filming of it, the tipper actually lifting up.

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There really is no arguing about this illegal fly-tip.

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This one is just so blatantly ridiculous.

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Not only have we got the registration, we've got the name of the company and a phone number.

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What we're going to do now, our next port of call,

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is to speak to the local police and arrange for them to be arrested.

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Before they attempt to arrest the man, Gary and Steve want to check out his latest crime in person.

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They want to search for any other evidence and make sure this case is watertight.

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It's important that he gets exactly what's coming to him.

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This gent has probably cost Liverpool City Council taxpayers thousands and thousands of pounds

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in clear-up costs over the years,

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besides ripping off the people who've been paying him to take the waste away legally.

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I think CCTV has definitely come up trumps on this one.

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The contents of the fly-tip look very familiar.

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It's exactly the same kind of stuff the man has previously fly-tipped here.

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It's obviously from gardening waste. There's old doors, concrete posts.

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He obviously feels pretty secure here because I'd say he's been here three or four times in two weeks.

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And I know he'll come back.

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And to make sure he doesn't come back again, Steve's been true to his word.

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The police have been lined up to arrest the criminal.

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Two weeks later, the boys and the police are ready for business.

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6 in the morning. Me and Gary have come on early.

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We've been here since 5.30 this morning.

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We've now come to the police station.

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Obviously we've spoken to the police and the local police sergeant has allocated us two police officers,

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and they'll do the arrest for us and get them booked in, and then me and Gary will interview them.

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Hopefully we'll catch him before he gets up.

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Hence the reason we're doing the early door.

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Both Steve and Gary know just how important it is to catch the man and stop him in his tracks.

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He knows where to go and knows all the ducks and dives of Liverpool

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but unfortunately this time he didn't know he had a CCTV camera on him.

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He's actually been done before. Three separate occasions he went to court and got fined.

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But it's not learned him a lesson, so this time we'll see if we can sting him a bit harder.

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We can get this gentleman fined and maybe take his vehicle off the road.

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You're going to save Liverpool City Council thousands of pounds over the years.

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He's a nuisance. He's doing it on a permanent basis.

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He's constantly round the area tipping. But we've never ever been able to catch him.

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The camera has caught him for us.

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As they team up with the police, little do they know what lies ahead of them,

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and the adrenalin's starting to kick in.

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Still to come, as they arrive at the man's address,

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it looks like his van is ready to fly-tip again.

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He's still in. And you can see there, he's loaded up.

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But will they stop him in his tracks?

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With cases of fly-tipping,

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it's easy to think of how it affects where we live or how it's damaging the environment,

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but it can ruin businesses, too.

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Next, the story of how illegal dumping cost a London flooring company tens of thousands of pounds.

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Shaqil Dita is the owner.

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We had to move out due to the fact that there was

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continuous dumping and fly-tipping occurring virtually on a daily basis.

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One time we had half a car sitting outside our warehouse!

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There's one man who's gunning to get these filthy, rotten fly-tippers -

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Waltham Forest Council's environment enforcer, David Valentine.

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I have a background of investigation going back to 1964 when I joined the Metropolitan Police.

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The local authorities take on a lot of ex-police officers

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because they're trained in evidence gathering and giving evidence.

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Just the sort of qualities that they want for this sort of work.

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And David's 32 years in the police force

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didn't fail him when it came to solving the case of one nonchalant fly-tipper in Walthamstow.

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Grange Road in East 17 is a secluded cul-de-sac on an industrial estate that's been plagued by fly-tipping.

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So much so that the council put in CCTV cameras to track them, but that didn't put everyone off.

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It was here on Sunday 18th October 2009

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that a considerable amount of rubbish was dumped from a van.

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That was picked up on the CCTV camera that you'll see up at the top of this road.

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The camera picks up a van coming down at 5.40 in the evening,

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and it seemed to pull up, turn round, stop for a short while,

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and the driver get out of the vehicle and remove and pull all the rubbish from the rear of it,

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and then shortly later, drive off.

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It was thanks to the quick actions of an operator

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at the CCTV control centre that this disgraceful act was caught on film.

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He clearly thinks he's above the law,

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and even manages to look right down the lens of the camera recording him...

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before clearing off.

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There is eventually a large pile of rubbish.

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It must have virtually filled the complete back of that van.

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It's our practice to rummage through the waste to see if we can find anything

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that might give any little clue as to where it had come from.

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David's three decades as a police officer stood him in good stead.

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And he soon found something to help his investigation.

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In this case I found a Visa receipt which had the name of a local company on it,

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not more than 400 or 500 metres from where we stand at this moment.

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And which I thought was a good place to start my inquiry.

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While our intrepid law enforcer had a strong lead in his case of the hoodie fly-tipper,

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there were plenty of others dumping illegal waste in this hot spot.

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And for Shaqil Dita, whose wood flooring business was based in this industrial estate,

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life had become unbearable.

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We wouldn't know. The night before was all clear, turn up in the morning,

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you're talking about maybe ten lorry skipfuls of rubbish turns up.

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It was absolutely horrid,

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to turn up and find hundreds of tyres dumped on your doorstep.

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These would be have to be physically picked up by ourselves.

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I'm talking about access being restricted because we had 500 tyres dumped outside our front gate.

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Now, people that do this get away with it.

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For them, it's just a quick "dump it out the back door and off you go."

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But for people like me, we have to pick it up, clear our own access, and it's a great inconvenience.

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Inconvenience? That's putting it mildly, Shaqil.

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In fact, the poor man was haunted by these rogue fly-tippers for three years.

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And it got so bad that he finally decided to up sticks and move his business to Ilford, 15 minutes away.

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A move that was a huge hit with his clients.

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It was such an eyesore. Wasn't it?

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Whenever I'd take a customer there to buy flooring, they'd look at it and be like, "what's this?

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"Where have you brought us?" Do you know what I mean?

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People would lock their doors.

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There were customers that even said they felt unsafe there.

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Yeah, we had one customer turn up, she actually got back in her vehicle,

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phoned us and said, "I'm outside but I'm scared to actually come out."

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In the end, the fly-tippers cost Shaqil £15,000 to move his business.

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It was a hefty price but it did buy him peace of mind.

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While Shaqil took drastic steps to get away from the fly-tippers, David was trying to get closer to them.

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But his investigation hit a brick wall.

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He contacted the DVLA with the van's registration number but they had no record of it.

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It was false. This was a huge blow, but David

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still had the shop Visa receipt he'd dug out from the dumped rubbish, so he decided to confront the owners.

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I went in to speak to the person in charge of the shop who quite correctly pointed out

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to me that this was a customer copy Visa voucher

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and that he knew nothing of the dumping of rubbish.

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At that point, I felt that there wasn't much else that I could do with this matter.

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It looked like the case of the hoodie fly-tipper was to be consigned to the unsolved shelf.

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But two weeks later, David's investigation took a dramatic turn.

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It wasn't until 3rd November that I was able to progress the matter further.

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I'd passed this location here in connection with an unrelated matter

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and when I saw outside a white van,

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which looked very similar to the van that I'd seen in the CCTV recording,

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I rang in to find out and confirm the registration mark.

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The van that was parked outside the premises here

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had an F and a 6 in it.

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Whereas the registration mark recorded on the CCTV

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had an E and an 8 and it became

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apparent to me that somebody had changed the F on the van to an E and a 6 to an 8.

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And that's how he hoped that he'd get away with this matter.

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But the plot grew even thicker.

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David took another look at the CCTV footage of the fly-tip van and noticed a big dent on the back

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bumper which, lo and behold, matched a dent on the bumper of the van parked outside the shop.

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He had struck gold.

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And I'm sure that was a major point in the magistrates deciding that was the actual vehicle involved.

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The hoodie driver was never identified but the damning CCTV footage proved

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the van was registered to the shop owners and they were fined £1,500 and ordered to pay £1,000 costs.

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Ouch! But for businessman Shaqil this doesn't go far enough.

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It's absolutely disgusting what they do and people like

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this should be actually given sentences where they go out picking up this sort of rubbish.

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Maybe not rubbish they've dumped but rubbish that other people have dumped,

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to let them know what it feels like to pick up other people's mess.

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Well, I'm with you on that one, Shaqil.

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But at least thanks to David and a little help from Big Brother,

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someone was nailed for the Walthamstow fly-tip and justice has been seen to be done.

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There's more crime and hopefully punishment

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soon to be delivered to one dodgy dumper in Liverpool

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where officers are about to confront a serial fly-tipper.

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They've been seen tipping on the lane.

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His van is at home but, crucially,

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will the police be able to arrest him?

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Back in Bristol, enviro-enforcer David is investigating

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the mounds of rubbish that have been dumped next to people's back fences.

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It's obviously the cleanings-out of a rabbit hutch.

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He's about to knock on the doors of the houses.

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It may not have come from any of them, but it's time to see

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if anyone knows anything about how the rubbish got there.

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We're dealing with a lot of rubbish that's out the back of all these houses.

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And there's quite a bit at the back of yours.

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No joy at the first house.

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How will he get on at the next one?

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Any idea where it's come from?

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The owner knows nothing either.

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Because the window, it looks like someone's taken out a window and it's literally dumped.

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Still no joy, somebody must know something.

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You haven't seen any of your neighbours doing anything like that?

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David's got no proof of who dumped the rubbish and no-one has seen anything. It's frustrating for him.

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A couple of those people I'm sure were...

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sparse with the truth.

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However,

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it was a general theme as well, we moved in and all this was

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in the house when we got here and a lot out the back.

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For somebody to say, "It was me, I had my fridge-freezer,

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"I didn't know what to do with it so I just dumped it."

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People don't tell you that.

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You do need that little bit of evidence and you do need just that little bit to say, "Actually,

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"it's got your name and address on it," or, "A neighbour saw you do this."

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You just need something. "All this was outside the back of your house,

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"how did it get there?" "It was there what I moved in.

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"I didn't put it there, must have been a neighbour."

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That's what's to be expected, unfortunately.

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Sadly, you can't win them all, David.

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The people know exactly who they are but this lot still needs to be cleaned up.

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And if the locals aren't going to do it, then someone else is going to have to.

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It's a month later and a special clean-up operation is underway.

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Bristol City Council runs a scheme called Community Payback, formerly known as Community Service.

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It's where people who've been found guilty of a crime work for free for the benefit of the community.

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Across the UK, more 6,500,000 hours of Community Payback

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are carried out every year and in charge today is Richard Ward.

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We've got a long-standing partnership with Bristol City Council's Clean And Green department

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where we go out and work very much cleaning up what the public identify as a problem.

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A lot of the areas we clean back we open up, visibly open up so people get their community back.

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They get their short cut back -

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instead of having to go five miles around the block to avoid being mugged,

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they've got a clear line of sight, nobody's going to jump out on them.

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That's the feedback we get from the public and that's what makes the groups feel good.

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Enviro-enforcer Dave has come back to the site to see how the clean-up is getting on.

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Shot. Shot.

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You're getting good now.

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One umbrella.

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It's an excellent use of resources.

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It gives these guys a sense of purpose. Helps the community.

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To be honest, everybody wins out of this. Householders win.

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These guys get a bit of self-respect from doing a good job and as you can see they are doing a really good job.

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They're clearing an awful lot already. A lorry load has just gone off to the tip.

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You can see how the weeds have grown

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quite considerably since I was here last.

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All this down here, there was no nettles. Nothing at all, really.

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You could see all the rubbish far clearer than you can now.

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Because obviously the nettles have grown up this now disguises where all the rubbish is.

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They're doing a lot of cutting back now to access a lot of the rubbish.

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I would say probably the majority of the projects that go on in Bristol,

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we've got one of the dirtiest jobs. Today's not bad. It's nice and dry.

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It's one of the projects that you can see right away the fruits of your labour.

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Pretty much once you've loaded the truck up and you turn around you can see where the group's been.

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For a lot of them it is a good feeling because they know they've made a difference.

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You always get one, don't you?

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The area is transformed by the lads' hard work.

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And for Dave, it's clearly a job well done.

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You can see there's a hell of a difference now.

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You can see that this is now clear. It's safe now for kids to come out to get to the field.

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No reason now

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why there should be any rubbish here at all in the future.

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Any future instances of rubbish being dumped over here will be treated as fly-tipping

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and, provided the evidence is there, then court action will be taken against those people.

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There is no excuse. It's a lovely area. They're very lucky having the park here.

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There's no reason whatsoever to abuse it.

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Back in Liverpool, officers Gary and Steve have called in the police

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to arrest the serial fly-tipper they caught dumping on CCTV.

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It's early in the morning and they are hoping to give the scoundrel

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a wake-up call with a difference - and we are not talking about giving him breakfast in bed!

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The two offences what we've got him on CCTV were both at 7.10am,

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so we are hoping we can surprise him before he goes out.

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But will the boys get lucky?

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We're probably two minutes away from this gentleman's house now.

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So much rides on this case, but will they get the arrest they need?

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Will the man still be at home?

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Still in! You can see that he's loaded up.

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As they pull up, it looks like they've got to the man's home just in time.

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That's the guy's vehicle that we are after, and as you can see on the back of it, he's loaded up.

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He's got a cement mixer and there's all like building rubble on the back of it, builders' waste.

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So we'll have to see what he has to say.

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Before they get stuck in, there are a few final details to sort out with the police.

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Which area was it that he was seen tipping into?

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-He's been seen tipping on Higher Lane.

-Higher Lane?

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-Do you know the Everton Cemetery? It's the back of there.

-OK.

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And that's been twice?

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Yeah, 16th April and 21st April.

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Right, time to get down to business.

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Will anyone open the door at the flats?

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The police are inside but will they find the man?

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As the minutes tick by, all Gary and Steve can do is sit, watch and wait.

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But then it's the result they wanted. The man has been arrested.

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They've bagged their filthy scoundrel and Steve is one happy man.

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It's a good result, the fact that he's been arrested.

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Now part one is done.

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Part two is the interview, see what he has to say. Part three is hopefully getting charged.

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Part four to court.

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Tick one box off, anyway. You could see he was fully loaded, tipping off before he goes to his next job.

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So we've caught him before he's probably tipped again.

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Now it's Steve and Gary's turn to swing into action.

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It's time to interview him.

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They're going to try to get the man to admit to his crimes.

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They think he's responsible for all of those fly-tips.

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Normally if there's a feeling that there may be a threat off the people we bring in,

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we ask a police officer to sit in, just for safety reasons.

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I don't think this guy's going to give us any problems.

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Gary and Steve have been through this many times before, but they never know how it will turn out.

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It's not long before it they've got some news.

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We've interviewed him regarding the two incidents and he fully admitted both of them.

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He basically said he was stupid for doing it.

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He hasn't got a licence, he's not registered with the Environment Agency which is the same thing.

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He's just... "Yes, it was me."

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I even asked him if he had any defence as to why he put the waste there

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and he said, "No, I just did it."

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He was prolific. We've had dealings with him in the past.

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He's obviously not learnt his lesson because he's still out and about.

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We know it's him because it's the same sort of stuff

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but we've just never had the evidence to prove it was him.

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Now we've got it so hopefully the justice system will pick up on it and punish him for this as well.

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I will be asking

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if we can have the vehicle seized, crushed if possible,

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but that's not for me to say if that will happen or not.

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If we hadn't had the CCTV cameras we wouldn't have got him,

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because there's no evidence in the stuff he's been tipping.

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So they have come up trumps.

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Steve and Gary's hard work, determination

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and of course the CCTV footage, all came together very nicely.

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The man was found guilty and had to pay £900 compensation and £500 costs.

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He must also carry out 100 hours' unpaid work and his white van has been ordered to be destroyed.

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I would say the chances of this scoundrel fly-tipping again are pretty slim.

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Join us next time for more filthy rotten scoundrels.

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Filthy Rotten Scoundrels is the series that highlights the work of environment officers across the UK, as they tackle astonishing and flagrant cases of fly-tipping!

The astounding case of scoundrels who dumped tons of breeze blocks in a south London school playground. Their van is confiscated and destroyed!

In Bristol, investigators seek clues as to the identity of a scoundrel who has been dumping bags of rotting rubbish in a park behind residents' back gates.

When a business is forced to relocate because of fly-tipping, one determined enviro-officer uses CCTV to catch the criminal responsible. Plus, in Liverpool, a dodgy builder has dumped lorry loads of rubble across the city. He's also caught in the act on CCTV, but will the evidence be enough to bring the scoundrel to justice?

The hard-working and tenacious officers often go undercover to track down criminals who dump thousands of tons of rubbish on our city streets and country lanes. Investigators call on police back-up for elaborate sting operations, and scan through hours of surveillance footage. More than 3,000 fly-tipping incidents happen each day, costing tax payers £55 million a year to clear up. The series is voiced by Dominic Littlewood.


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