Episode 15 Filthy Rotten Scoundrels


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Series investigating Britain's waste dumpers. Britain's filthiest road and how good old-fashioned policing caught three persistent railway graffiti vandals.


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Every day, a never-ending war is being waged across Britain to clean

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up our towns and countryside. laziness. Just the general attitude

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is disgraceful. The fact is not on their doorstep makes it all right.

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If we made them clean it up, it would make them think twice. From

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the tonnes of cigarette butts, dogs' mess and household rubbish to

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tyres and builders' waste... Small minded people and it ruins it for

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everybody. No respect for the countryside. We are on the

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frontline of the clear-up and the fightback. With a dedicated team

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tracking down the rogues and putting the "Great" back into

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"Britain". It may harm your defence if you fail to mention...

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today's programme, the amazing story of modern-day graffiti

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taggers caught by good old- fashioned detective work. It was

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the spray paint all over their fingers and cuffs of their sleeves.

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And the fight to rid Bexhill's beaches of dreaded dog doo. As you

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can see on the red area, in the summer between May and September,

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dogs are not allowed on the beach at all. All that and Britain's

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filthiest road. I don't think there was any rougher place in the

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country than what this was. Welcome to the world of Filthy Rotten

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First, we are in neath in South Wales. It's in a great location

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surrounded by beautiful countryside and it's only a ten-minute drive

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from the coast. But the whole area suffers from that old familiar

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scourge - fly-tipping. I think it's an eyesore. It's also not very nice

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for the people of the community who have to see the mess that's been

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created around the area. They should give them a heavy fine.

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giving my hometown a bad reputation. So there is plenty of local pride

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here. And at the forefront of keeping that pride alive is a

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dedicated team of local lads. Meet Leyton, Paul, Lyndon, Phil and Carl.

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They are the waste enforcement team at Neath and Port Talbot Borough

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Council. It's their job to track down and prosecute anyone making a

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mess of this lovely area. We are going out on the road with the team

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and it is a busy job. Every day, there are more reports to

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investigate. First up, we are with team leader, Leyton. Today, he's

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off to investigate a huge pile of rubbish that's just been dumped at

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the side of the road. We are off to a dumping site now, a known hotspot

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for fly-tipping. This is a pretty well-used road. It leads to the

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local scrapyard, if you like. It tends to be subject to pretty

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regular fly-tipping. People go to the scrapyard and they weigh in

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what they can and they fly-tip the rest. The rest of the team are

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already on site with the unenviable task of sifting through this

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massive pile of rubbish in search of any clue as to who might have

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dumped it. Found anything? No? Nothing? Just look at this. It's a

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huge pile of building waste that looks like the remains of some

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major house renovation dumped by a mean and selfish rogue who probably

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thought no-one would see him on this secluded lane. Appalling!

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is a mess, boys. Terrible. There's nappies and all sorts. Urgh, dirty

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nappies?! How many doors is that? One, two, three, four? Look at that,

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a bath! Looks like it might have been a jacuzzi. It's a dirty job,

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cardboard and carpet and the remains of the tipper's

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refreshments. Finally, a clue that at least helps pinpoint when this

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lot was dumped. I have found a newspaper dated 28th July, so it is

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fairly recent the stuff. Five men and an hour of digging, but

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Leyton's boys are drawing a blank. But hope springs eternal in the

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heart of the enforcement officer. The most mundane of items, any

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scrap of paper could hold a vital clue. Receipts and maybe get

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footage of them in the shop buying the things that's tipped in the

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waste... There could still be something underneath. Well put,

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Carl. The newest recruit to the team and brimming with optimism.

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You would have thought you would have found one thing. People are

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starting to wise up. Devious dumpers are getting rid of any

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evidence before they tip. There is nothing here that could help the

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lads prosecute this filthy rotter. Off to the next one now. Thanks,

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lads. So, sadly, it is the council who will have to foot the bill of

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getting rid of this lot. You are looking at between �500 and �1,000

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maybe. Annoyed. Frustrated. Like I say, we usually manage to find

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something within most illegal dumps. But there is no time to be

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downhearted. On to another job and this time we are out with Phil.

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He's been an enforcement officer for almost six years. Today, he's

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on the case of a fly-tipper they have managed to identify. We are in

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the Neath Valley where we had a complaint that a householder, a

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lady, a tenant, had put a three- piece suite out in the rear lane so

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it was just staying there. She told us she made arrangements with the

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council to take it away. We found out that no such arrangement had

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been made so a notice was served on her giving her 15 days to remove it.

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Her 15 days are up and unless she's shifted her sofa, she will be

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booking herself an appointment with the local judge. Nothing has

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changed. This is the three-piece suite concerned. This is as it was

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weeks ago. There's been no attempt to move it. Now, it's the afternoon

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nap site for the local kittens. It's annoying and frustrating for

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Phil. The woman knows she will end up in court but she has not

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bothered to get herself out of the firing line. This case is quite

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rare in the fact that we have had an admission that the lady has put

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it there, we have phoned her a few times and tried to reason with her.

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At this stage, it's not going to be removed. So she's about to force

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our hand. It will be a fine and any costs we have incurred in preparing

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the case as well. Next job, we are out with Paul and Carl. Paul, in

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the passenger seat, has been on the job for five years. Now Carl might

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be in the driving seat but he's the new boy on the block, joining just

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six months ago. They make a good team. In fact, they look spookily

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like one another. Oh! This is Aberavon, this is the hotspot. From

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here down, you see there are gated lanes. The theory is with the

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alleys gated off, only the residents who back on to them can

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use them keeping them cleaner and safer. But it doesn't always work

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that way. So now the alleys are part of Paul and Carl's routine

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checks. OK, we have a classic Aberavon lane now. It was cleaned

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on Tuesday and you will see what we are up against. Open sesame! It is

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no Aladdin's cave. The place is strewn with litter. Someone has put

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their bag out late. Nine times out of ten the seagulls come down, rip

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open the bags and it is scattered. There's the bag. It's been ripped

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open. The bag gets blown away. seagulls, cats, dogs... The tipsy

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tripper! Cause of many an environmental hazard. And there's

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more. The worst possible thing a waste enforcement officer can

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witness - the thing they all dread - a bag where someone's mixed

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recycling with regular waste! Don't look directly at it, guys. This bag,

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as you can see, is plastic with paper. So it wouldn't have been

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collected as it is contaminated. Overcoming their inate fear they

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search for clues as to who might have committed this heinous crimes.

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Not one address. This time, the arch villain gets away with it. I

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am being cheeky, but the truth is that it is exactly this kind of

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thing that messes up the place for everyone else. We will take this

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home with us rather than sending the boys back. Direct action and

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problem solved. We will be back with the boys later on their

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relentless quest to tidy up Wales. Now for a story that would have the

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Fat Controller up in arms. It's a problem that causes massive delays

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and countless cancellations across the rail network. Yet it's not ice

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on the track or the wrong kind of leaves. This is a story where the

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pen is mightier than the weather. We are talking tagging. To you and

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me it is graffiti. To some kids, it is art. It costs millions every

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year to clean up. It's a big problem. It costs us �3.5 million

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every year to clear it up. We should be spending that elsewhere

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on the network. It is not just a case of elbow grease to get the

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paint off the trains. This is one of our main cleaning rows at

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Bedford Train Care Depot. We have a unit that's been graffitied

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recently. As you can see, you have some residual paint damage. The

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vinyl has been damaged here and paint work's been damaged. So what

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we have got to do, we will have to replace all the external vinyl, the

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livery, on this train. That will cost us �37,000 to do this one

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coach. What?! �37,000 for one single coach? That's more than the

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average annual wage. A lot more! I am gobsmacked and with 20,000 miles

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of tracks, 2,500 stations and thousands of bridges and tunnels,

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the network is one giant canvas. Graffiti doesn't have a place on

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the railway. It makes people feel unsafe. It makes people think the

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infrastructure is not being looked after. It is unacceptable. In the

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eyes of the law, it is a crime. Let's call them what they are -

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they are criminals. They are committing a crime. If they are

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trespassing, they risk a fine of �1,000. As John knows only too well,

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a fine is the least of the vandals' worries. At Cricklewood Depot, we

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had a graffiti attack there and a train was fully coated with paint.

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Unfortunately, the graffiti artist got hit by the paint as it left the

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depot. In that occasion, the graffiti artist was killed

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undertaking what he was doing. The risks are really real. It's a

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terrible story and it makes it more surprising that vandals would

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strike in the dead of night. This is a tale of modern tagging caught

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by good old-fashioned detective work. It started with a nightshift

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for PC Bevan of Cambridgeshire Police. This is the middle of no-

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where and this car was parked up by the bridge. A parked car in a lay-

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by? I bet we are all thinking the same thing! Could be a couple

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necking, who knows. We better check it out. So we stopped. Had a look

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at the car. Nobody with it. It was unusual that it had spray paint

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cans in the footwell which I thought was strange. So ran some

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checks via the police computers, all come back OK, all insured,

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taxed, MoTed. So we thought we would head into the village. Later

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the same night, he came across the car again and this time the driver

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and his mate were inside. PC Bevan checked their ID. All fine. But

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there was something not quite right. It was the spray paint all over

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their fingers and cuffs of their sleeves, and even on the shoes.

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much for the theory of a lovers' tryst, there was something more

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suspicious going on. The story they were giving us changed a few times.

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It started with, "I have picked him up because he's had a row with his

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girlfriend." So lovers' tiff as opposed to lovers' tryst. Well,

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their story just kept changing. Then it changed to, "We have come

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from Cambridge where we were muralling a legal graffiti site."

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So two or three different stories. It kept changing. It wasn't enough

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to go on but PC Bevan had a hunch about this case. He got the boys'

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details and returned to where he found the car. When we pulled up at

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the bridge and opened the car doors, we could smell paint, solvent, so

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we looked around with torches, looking in bushes, and came across

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a rucksack that had been left abandoned, not wet, so it had been

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there only a short time. That rucksack contained spray paint cans,

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a digital camera which we had a quick look on and had pictures of

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graffiti on them, black woolly hats, gloves, pens, markers. We explored

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further down the embankment and the inside of the bridge was full of

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graffiti. Bevan alerted the British Transport Police. A couple of days

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later he received a call. I got a call from an officer from London

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who was very interested in the males that we had stopped and also

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the tags on the cameras and the piece of paper that I had seized

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off them which was Kush, which was the tag. Kush by name, not so

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cushty by nature! These boys had form and their tag was already

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known. Sergeant Tubbs at the British Transport Police was on the

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case. We had been looking at patterns of criminal damage in the

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area of Cambridge and one of the tags that was found to have been

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sprayed on the railway bridge that night was significant to us.

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Sergeant Tubbs had seen the tag before on railway property and was

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already hunting the vandal. His hopes were raised when PC Bevan

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told him the boys had green spray paint on their fingers the night

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they had seen them. It was like a paint swach, a perfect match to

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some graffiti on a train carriage in the area. There had been

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reported damage at the Cambridge sidings which is not far from where

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the two had said they had been painting on the legal graffiti wall.

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The paint on their clothes was a dead giveaway, it was the same as

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the paint on the trains and enough to arrest the boys and search their

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homes. We managed to retrieve clothing with paint on, balaclavas,

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gloves, graffiti spray cans. The general tools that a graffiti

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vandal would use to commit crime. Incredible! They hadn't thought of,

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well, covering their tracks. The green paint had already linked them

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to one night of vandalism, what the team found next would provide vital

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evidence to another crime. This picture was taken from one of the

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suspect's walls. This newspaper cutting here is a press release

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from the local police asking for information for criminal damage

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that had been done to a hotel building in Cambridge city centre.

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They were saying vandals had climbed high up on to the hotel and

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dubbed three tags. So proud of their own work, these boys couldn't

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help but keep a newspaper article about it. They were collecting

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their own evidence! This to me represents memorabilia, a trophy,

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which the vandal would keep in his home to celebrate that he's got

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some sort of attention regarding the damage he's caused. I think

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it's one of their flaws. They keep evidence and they do make our job

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easier because once we recover the materials, they really do put

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themselves in the crime. The boys hadn't just been collecting their

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own evidence, their stash of photos implicated a notorious graffiti

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vandal known to the police as Mr Big who until now, had remained at

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large. That tag was Big which is quite a dominant tag in Cambridge

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at the moment, or certainly was. Big's days of tagging were over too

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and all three were about to get the attention they deserved. The boys

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might have dreamed of being Banksy, but in reality they were bang to

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rights! The evidence against them was overwhelming. As much as they

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wanted to try and defend themselves from all these crimes, they had no

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choice but to plead guilty because the evidence that they had was

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significant enough for them to plead guilty at court. And guilty

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they were. The three of them were handed a whopping 6 50 hours of

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community service and ordered to pay over �6,000 towards the clean-

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up of their handiwork. That is what Now, we all hate litter and we all

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really hate graffiti, but what we all really, really hate is this...

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But I found somewhere where you can stroll free from worry about where

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you are treading. Where the air is fresh and the pavements look like

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this. Welcome to the beautiful, the fragrant, the spotless Bexhill-on-

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Sea in East Sussex. It wasn't always like this. Rother Council

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used to get lots of complaints about dog poo on the promenade.

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don't like it when other people leave dog excrement around. It

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gives dog owners a bad name. As a dog owner, you tend to be tarred

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with the same brush. That is unfair. So I think I get very cross with

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dog owners who don't clear up. dog owners were getting fed up. So

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they brought in this man, Robin Emery, environment enforcement

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officer, a former policeman and dog owner. Dog fouling is a particular

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problem. It's something that upsets the public a lot. It's very

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annoying. I'm a dog owner myself. I'm a responsible dog owner so I

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don't take kindly to people who let their dogs mess and walk on and

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leave it for somebody else to step in. So how did Bexhill turn around

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its foul fortunes? Well, quite simple. It banned dogs. OK, I'm

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exaggerating. What it did do was restrict where dogs could go during

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the summer. We are on Bexhill seafront and this is controlled in

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the summer months by local dog control orders. There is one of the

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signs. On the red area here, in the summer between May and September,

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dogs are not allowed on the beach at all. Simple and effective. In

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most other places dogs have to be kept on a lead. Today, Robin's on

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pooch patrol on the prom making sure everyone knows that rules is

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rules. If we see anybody contravening any of the regulations,

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I have a fixed penalty book and I can issue a fixed penalty notice

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which will cost them �50, if they pay it straightaway. �75 if they

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are late in paying. If they don't pay it and challenge it, we can

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take them to court where they can get a fine of �1,000. Ouch! That is

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enough to give you PAWS for thought! This message is getting

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through to the local dog walkers. This is just about the local dog

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control orders in the summer time. You have your dog on a lead, so

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that is not a problem. Also the dogs aren't allowed on the beach.

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know. That's fine. You are aware... Thank you very much. You know about

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the local dog control orders in the summer time? Yes, only certain

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parts of the beach. That's it. 54 to 77. Yeah. All right. Thank you

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ever so much. Thank you for your time. It's 54, up by the Sovereign

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Light Cafe and then up to 77 which is up... You can go further over?

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You can. See how brilliantly this scheme is working, all the people

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Robin is talking to know the rules and crucially no-one's complaining.

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There's lots of responsible dog owners who know where to have the

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dogs on lead and where not to. There are still some who don't.

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Well, there will always be some filthy rotten dog owners who refuse

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to scoop the poop. But there's really though excuse. One of the

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other things the council has done is to put in extra bins for dog

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waste. There's one every 70 metres, all the way along the seafront and

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they are emptied every day. What a service! Everyone's a winner.

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Nobody likes the job of picking up dog waste. For me, personally, and

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my team, it is the worst job. Since the dog bins have been put down

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here on the promenade, there's been quite a transformation in the

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amount we are not clearing up. what exactly does quite a

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transformation mean? Well, since this scheme started at the

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beginning of the summer, it has been a four-legged runaway success.

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Since then, we have had no reported incidents of dog fouling on the

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esplanade. Not a single complaint about dog poo, what a result! Man's

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best friend is just that again at Bexhill. Now, everyone likes to be

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beside the seaside! We are out on the road again in

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South Wales with the Fab Five. Waste enforcers dedicated to

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keeping the place clean and tidy. Our next job is with Lyndon who is

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checking out a report about a mattress just dumped on the

:24:11.:24:15.

pavement. There is nothing more rewarding than catching a serial

:24:15.:24:20.

fly-tipper and so they get their comeuppance in court. Lyndon is a

:24:20.:24:24.

man with a passion. He lives and works here and genuinely cares

:24:24.:24:29.

about the area. I live in the village just outside Swansea so I

:24:29.:24:34.

travel in so I come to the area with my children, so it's pretty

:24:34.:24:38.

much a two-pronged thing for me. I want to keep the area tidy for the

:24:38.:24:44.

residents and for my children to enjoy it, too. We have come to pick

:24:44.:24:50.

up the routine call. As I have driven into the street, next to the

:24:50.:24:54.

Mermaid's Fish and Chip Shop, there has been a bed mattress dumped.

:24:54.:24:58.

Looks an old mattress. I was up here yesterday, it wasn't here, so

:24:58.:25:03.

we will have a look at this. That's going to have to be removed quite

:25:03.:25:07.

quickly. It is next to the fish and chip shop. So if somebody sets fire

:25:07.:25:12.

to that, we will have some problems. It is hard to miss and more than

:25:12.:25:17.

just a trip hazard. Who would just dump this at the side of the road?

:25:17.:25:20.

Eagle-eyed Lyndon has spotted something that might give him the

:25:20.:25:25.

lead he needs. I don't know if you can see, there's a camera, I'm

:25:25.:25:29.

hoping we will get CCTV of the offender depositing the mattress.

:25:29.:25:34.

He is straight on to the case. I love this man's enthusiasm. But he

:25:34.:25:38.

will have to contain himself a bit longer. I have spoken to the lady,

:25:38.:25:44.

the manager has got access to the CCTV. He's not going to be in until

:25:44.:25:49.

2.00. So I have left my card with her. He's going to ring me at 2.00

:25:49.:25:53.

and I will pop up and have a good look at it. Fingers crossed the

:25:53.:25:58.

cameras come up trumps for Lyndon. There is nothing like a bit of sea

:25:58.:26:01.

air of rooting around in rubbish, but this is no stop for a paddle

:26:01.:26:06.

and an ice-cream for Paul and Carl. Just like in Bexhill-on-Sea, dogs

:26:06.:26:10.

aren't allowed on the beach in peak season. Unlike at Bexhill, not

:26:10.:26:16.

everyone is so well trained. We did do some of the beaches yesterday.

:26:16.:26:21.

There is another reason for enforcing the rules. Aberavon beach

:26:21.:26:25.

has Blue Flag Korean beach status, something they treasure and

:26:25.:26:29.

obviously want to preserve -- clean beach status, something they

:26:29.:26:33.

treasure and obviously want to preserve. Shame about that blot on

:26:33.:26:37.

the landscape - they call it England! You cheeker

:26:37.:26:41.

whippersnapper! I think I deserved that after my weather comment.

:26:41.:26:48.

lot of people don't take any notice of the signs. Cute and fluffy pet

:26:48.:26:52.

pooches maybe, but if they are going to threaten Aberavon's Blue

:26:53.:27:02.
:27:03.:27:04.

Flag status Paul and Carl need to keep up their dog patrols. I can't

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see much, Carl. No dogs on the beach. All clear. All clear.

:27:11.:27:17.

dogs? No dog owners? This must be the quietest day of the year. I

:27:17.:27:21.

don't envy the ice-cream van man today. At least a Blue Flag status

:27:21.:27:27.

is safe. Back with Lyndon in Neath, the highest law in the land has

:27:27.:27:30.

complained because local residents have been putting their rubbish

:27:30.:27:34.

over the road at the courthouse instead of outside their own homes.

:27:34.:27:39.

The court pays commercial rates to get rubbish removed so they say

:27:39.:27:44.

their neighbours are costing them dearly. We have had evidence from

:27:44.:27:47.

them relating to one of the properties opposite so we will call

:27:47.:27:50.

to the property now and have a chat with them. But the residents say

:27:50.:27:53.

they are trying to be helpful, putting their rubbish where there

:27:53.:27:57.

are already big bins instead of cluttering up the narrow pavements

:27:57.:28:02.

outside their houses. So Lyndon's been called in to do a bit of door

:28:02.:28:05.

knocking. I have had a complaint regarding waste being presented in

:28:05.:28:11.

the car park or outside... Tell us where we are supposed to put our

:28:11.:28:14.

bags. Outside your property. sounds like Lyndon is the one

:28:14.:28:17.

getting the telling off! present them outside of your

:28:17.:28:23.

property. Yeah. Who will clean them up... We will remove them on your

:28:23.:28:27.

designated day. That is where the binmen came so I thought it would

:28:27.:28:31.

be easier for them to pick them up from there. It's been taken by

:28:31.:28:34.

their commercial... Hang on, there's someone else who wants a

:28:34.:28:41.

word, too! Do you put yours over there? Yes. All the drunks will

:28:41.:28:46.

kick them. Yes, what's been happening... That's what we do.

:28:46.:28:49.

When the rubbish gets kicked all over the road, the council will

:28:49.:28:53.

have to clean it up. I appreciate that. We can't have waste presented

:28:53.:28:56.

within the commercial waste because they are getting charged for it.

:28:56.:29:01.

Your concerns are the fact drunks are kicking over the bins? Yes.

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will ring you at 2.00. No problem. No problem. I will tell you where

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to put it! Thanks for your time. That was below the belt. He is only

:29:12.:29:17.

trying to do his job! We will be back with the Fab Five later. And

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there's more pain in store for Lyndon. It is infuriating. I'm a

:29:21.:29:31.
:29:31.:29:32.

taxpayer as well. We are paying for this in the long run. No need for

:29:32.:29:38.

it. I'm taking you for a drive in the countryside. Look at this. It's

:29:38.:29:42.

a drive along what became known as Britain's filthiest road. For the

:29:42.:29:47.

past 15 years, Norwood Lane in Peterborough has become a dumpers'

:29:47.:29:52.

paradise and a local eyesore. Norwood Lane is very untidy. Looks

:29:52.:29:58.

a real mess. Why do people do that? You would see rats running past. It

:29:58.:30:04.

was disgusting. There were mattresses, old fridges, sofas, and

:30:04.:30:10.

general household clutter. rubbish up to here, right across,

:30:10.:30:15.

it used to come down in this fashion, all the way. Right out up

:30:15.:30:22.

to here. This is the bit of road you had to travel on. Besides

:30:22.:30:26.

vehicles, they used to run up the bank. That was from the top right

:30:26.:30:32.

the way down, right the way down to the bottom. Unbelievable. Harry

:30:32.:30:35.

Grant lives on the travellers' site at the end of this road. As you can

:30:35.:30:39.

see, they take pride in where they live. For years, he and other

:30:40.:30:43.

residents had complained about the state of the lane they had to drive

:30:43.:30:47.

down to get home. Their cries for help fell on deaf ears. So last

:30:47.:30:51.

year, they decided enough was enough. And they called in the big

:30:51.:30:58.

guns. A year ago, I had a letter from the local MP and attached to

:30:58.:31:03.

it was a letter from some local residents from a travellers' park

:31:03.:31:08.

in Peterborough. I read the letter. It was saying they were living in

:31:08.:31:13.

appalling conditions with fly- tipping blighting their lives. They

:31:13.:31:17.

included some photographs that they sent showing the examples of the

:31:17.:31:20.

sort of fly-tipping that was happening. You can see from this

:31:20.:31:25.

photo there's children's toys here, so somebody who has had a house

:31:25.:31:29.

clearance and a big clear-up has brought it down or paid somebody to

:31:29.:31:33.

bring down the rubbish from their house and tipped it on the lane

:31:33.:31:38.

where these people live. There's rubble from houses that have been

:31:38.:31:46.

knocked down where they have picked the bricks up and put them down.

:31:46.:31:48.

It's affected the road because the rubbish goes into the road and it

:31:48.:31:54.

makes the paving difficult there to drive on. Here, appalling, asbestos.

:31:54.:31:58.

Lots of asbestos. There are young children that don't know what

:31:58.:32:02.

asbestos is that would be going up, they could be touching it or

:32:02.:32:06.

playing in it. It is very frightening. Asbestos?! What kind

:32:06.:32:11.

of person thinks it is OK to just dump this anywhere? Let alone on a

:32:11.:32:16.

road leading up to a place where children and families live. The

:32:16.:32:24.

shameful list goes on. Bottles, tins, glass, dead animals, sheep,

:32:24.:32:30.

chickens, even cows' heads. We picked up 24 needles that they had

:32:30.:32:33.

been using, whoever had been using them, they were put into a bag and

:32:33.:32:38.

they were dumped in the middle of the road out here. Everything you

:32:38.:32:43.

can mention, from top, from here, down to the end. I was shocked to

:32:43.:32:49.

see how bad it was and I phoned up the gentleman who contacted me, Mr

:32:49.:32:53.

Grant, and he explained it had been going on for 15 years which seemed

:32:53.:32:57.

unacceptable. I don't think there was any rougher place in the

:32:57.:33:03.

country than what this was. years! No wonder it was called

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Britain's filthiest road. It wasn't just the travellers who were

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suffering. For the local Fire Brigade, this lane had become a

:33:11.:33:14.

trouble hotspot. Norwood Lane used to be one of our regular customers.

:33:14.:33:18.

We used to get called probably five or six times a week. It was a

:33:18.:33:22.

regular thing. We would always get called out to fly-tipping, lots of

:33:22.:33:27.

rubbish, tree cuttings, quite commonly that would involve gas

:33:27.:33:35.

cylinders as well. It's a terrible story, isn't it? The Fire Brigade

:33:35.:33:38.

called out almost every day of the week and residents being put in

:33:38.:33:44.

danger, even ambulances couldn't get past! My father-in-law - this

:33:44.:33:49.

will be 12 or 13 years ago - he had a stroke on the site. Now because

:33:49.:33:54.

the road was that bad, we couldn't get a ambulance down the road. We

:33:54.:33:59.

had to take him over the bridge to the ambulance. That road was in

:33:59.:34:04.

such a state they wouldn't come down it. Even after all this, still

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nothing was being done to end the fly-tipping. The residents felt

:34:08.:34:12.

like no-one was listening because they were travellers. I think they

:34:12.:34:16.

probably felt at that time that nobody cared, that they weren't

:34:16.:34:19.

treated as other citizens were treated, that their local

:34:19.:34:22.

neighbourhood was nothing like other local neighbourhoods within

:34:22.:34:25.

the city. Whilst they paid rent on their properties, they paid council

:34:25.:34:30.

tax, tax for employment they were in, they were not treated equally.

:34:30.:34:34.

You would never see this in a main street in a council estate what

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there was down here. You would never see that. Unfortunately for

:34:38.:34:42.

Harry and his neighbours, some Peterborough residents were

:34:42.:34:44.

convinced it was the travellers themselves who were doing the

:34:44.:34:51.

dumping. One of the problems was that when ever fly-tipping occurred,

:34:51.:34:56.

there was a strong feeling it was the travellers from the park that

:34:56.:35:01.

created the fly-tipping. The people on the site was getting the blame

:35:01.:35:05.

for it, which I kept telling them it wasn't the people on the site.

:35:05.:35:11.

It was the people that was coming from miles around, from Corby,

:35:11.:35:15.

King's Lynn, from Wisbech, they were coming from miles around to

:35:15.:35:19.

fetch their rubbish here. What is more astonishing about all of this

:35:19.:35:23.

is that the council tip is just half a mile away from this lane.

:35:23.:35:26.

Why weren't people taking their rubbish there? Well, apparently,

:35:26.:35:31.

once the queues at the tip got too long some shameless rogues decided

:35:31.:35:35.

their time was too precious so would drive to Norwood Lane and

:35:35.:35:39.

dump their rubbish there. Disgusting! The lane became filled

:35:39.:35:44.

with so much junk that some people even thought it was part of the

:35:44.:35:48.

official council dump. The only way to stop these terrible tippers in

:35:48.:35:52.

their tracks was to catch them red- handed. Enter Wayne, the wonderkid

:35:52.:35:57.

with his box of tricks. These cameras enable us to get 360

:35:57.:36:03.

degrees all the way around the van. We have a pan, tilt and zoom camera

:36:03.:36:08.

that can see up to 200 metres away. We have a front camera which

:36:08.:36:11.

monitors everything that is coming in the front and also one at the

:36:11.:36:17.

rear so that we can track vehicles or people or anything that's going

:36:17.:36:22.

around the van. Some good old- fashioned surveillance. I love it!

:36:22.:36:25.

It wasn't long before Wayne's magic eyes came up trumps. These were

:36:25.:36:30.

some of the guys he caught on camera. Take a close look. They

:36:30.:36:33.

have spotted the surveillance van and are now quickly loading stuff

:36:33.:36:38.

back on to their truck pretending to be here for a spot of spring

:36:38.:36:44.

cleaning, are we? Nice try! Evidence is being used with

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Peterborough City Council to take people to court with the aid of

:36:48.:36:53.

still photographs and videos that we have collected for them. So far,

:36:53.:36:57.

evidence from the covert camera operation has led to four fly-

:36:57.:37:00.

tippers being prosecuted. And more importantly, has stopped anyone

:37:00.:37:05.

else dumping stuff here. So now it's just a case of clearing the

:37:05.:37:09.

road and after 15 years building bridges with the travelling

:37:09.:37:14.

community. I feel proud of the fact that working with the traveller

:37:14.:37:20.

community we have been able to create this beautiful really

:37:20.:37:23.

environment in which when they come home, when travellers come home

:37:23.:37:28.

from work at night, or go to work, they can pass through on their

:37:28.:37:32.

daily routine and it is a very special feeling to be able to feel

:37:32.:37:36.

that somehow we have made a difference. I think it is beautiful.

:37:36.:37:41.

It is lovely. I'm very pleased that it's happened. You know, a lot of

:37:41.:37:45.

people kept saying to me that this wouldn't happen, you will never

:37:45.:37:48.

stop it. Don't matter how much you try, what you do, what you don't,

:37:48.:37:53.

you will never stop it. But I want to prove them wrong. And proved

:37:53.:37:58.

them wrong you have. It is a great result and finally Peterborough has

:37:58.:38:02.

lost the dubious reputation of being home to Britain's filthiest

:38:02.:38:10.

road. Back in Neath, Phil has something pretty filthy to sort out

:38:10.:38:16.

himself. He's on his way to a housing estate north of Port Talbot

:38:16.:38:20.

where there is a dumper not heeding a warning. Having spoken to the

:38:20.:38:25.

gentleman, he has confirmed he has put the building waste outside and

:38:25.:38:30.

it was going to be an indefinite period before he could remove it.

:38:30.:38:34.

So what's happened is a notice has been served on the gentleman giving

:38:34.:38:38.

him 15 days to remove the waste and basically it is a check to see

:38:38.:38:45.

whether the waste is still in-situ. Surely the legal threat will have

:38:45.:38:49.

pushed the fly-tipper into action? No. The rubble is still sitting

:38:49.:38:52.

there. Basically, we have four industrial sacks full of rubble.

:38:52.:38:57.

There is a black sack which is full of the same contents. What normally

:38:57.:39:01.

happens is I put a file together and it goes to our legal section

:39:01.:39:04.

for a prosecution. You are talking about a fine. There will be

:39:04.:39:11.

substantial costs, too. So the scoundrel could end up with a fine

:39:11.:39:15.

much higher than the costs of removing this rubble in the first

:39:15.:39:20.

place. The fool! The team are not giving up. Lyndon is out in the

:39:20.:39:27.

country after a call about a fly- tip. This area is popular with fly-

:39:27.:39:32.

tippers. They said there's a large fly-tip in a rocked area just off

:39:32.:39:42.
:39:42.:39:47.

the lane. We will see what's there. Urgh! Look at this. Everything

:39:47.:39:52.

including the kitchen sink. Look like a house clearance, ranging

:39:52.:39:58.

from kitchens, lino. It is quite a substantial fly-tip. This is

:39:58.:40:00.

disgusting. Whoever did this clearly just drove up here and

:40:00.:40:04.

dumped the lot without a thought for the countryside or the poor

:40:04.:40:10.

soul who has got to go through it by hand. That's you, Lyndon. We are

:40:11.:40:15.

photographing things like carpets so if we have a potential offender,

:40:15.:40:25.
:40:25.:40:25.

we can try and link the carpet to That's all photographed now so what

:40:25.:40:30.

we do now, I get some gloves on and we will sift through the waste to

:40:30.:40:40.
:40:40.:40:43.

find some evidence. That's full of soil. Looks like a large roll of

:40:43.:40:48.

underlay, this. Unfortunately, these tippers know a thing or two

:40:48.:40:53.

about hiding their identity. If you look at this now, this is somebody

:40:53.:40:56.

that's probably pretty streetwise here. What they have done, they

:40:56.:41:02.

have torn off part of the delivery packaging, in all probability

:41:02.:41:05.

that's containing a name and address. So they probably season

:41:05.:41:10.

tip these lot. That's something guaranteed to wind Lyndon up.

:41:10.:41:16.

excuse, is there? If it's domestic, you have council-run skips, we will

:41:16.:41:20.

take it. Commercially, a lot of the time the members of the public pay

:41:21.:41:25.

the people for supposedly tipping of it legally. This unfortunately

:41:25.:41:29.

is the end result. It soon becomes clear that this lot didn't come

:41:29.:41:36.

from a domestic dumper. Definitely from a commercial premises, this.

:41:36.:41:46.
:41:46.:41:50.

Even after three years in the job, Lyndon can't understand why people

:41:50.:41:54.

do this. It is infuriating. I'm a taxpayer. We are ending up paying

:41:54.:41:57.

for this in the long run. Absolutely ridiculous. No need for

:41:57.:42:01.

it. I have to say I'm impressed with the amount of effort Lyndon is

:42:01.:42:06.

putting in to going through this lot. If only it equalled results.

:42:07.:42:12.

That's all bags of soil again. Again, no evidence there. So I have

:42:12.:42:16.

been through it all. There is no evidence here. We will have to get

:42:16.:42:20.

cleansing lads up with the lorry to remove this and hopefully there is

:42:21.:42:24.

something underneath it. You are probably looking at several hundred

:42:24.:42:28.

pounds both to remove it and dispose of it legally. It's

:42:28.:42:31.

infuriating. So sadly another unsolved case for the enforcement

:42:31.:42:37.

team and Lyndon's not a happy chappy. These people are criminals.

:42:37.:42:41.

There's no two ways about it. There's a cost both to the

:42:41.:42:47.

environment and there's a cost to the authority and in turn to the

:42:47.:42:52.

taxpayer. So they are criminals. The Fab Five have had some success.

:42:52.:42:56.

Phil's lady with the sofa in the back alley admitted guilt and will

:42:56.:43:01.

be fined at least �200. The council had to remove the furniture. The

:43:02.:43:05.

building rubble was moved at the last possible moment so the threat

:43:05.:43:10.

worked in the end. But poor Lyndon, the CCTV near the dumped mattress

:43:10.:43:14.

only covered the road in front of the shop. Not the parking space

:43:14.:43:20.

where the mattress was dumped. Better look next time, mate. It's a

:43:20.:43:23.

rotten job but luckily there's a whole army of people working

:43:23.:43:27.

Britain's filthiest road; how good old-fashioned policing caught three persistent railway graffiti vandals; and we follow a team of environment enforcers in Neath in their tireless fight against fly-tippers.