Illegal immigrants arrested for fly-tipping
PUBLISHED: 17:34 29 February 2016 | UPDATED: 17:34 29 February 2016
Three illegal immigrants were arrested for fly-tipping and subsequently sent to a detention centre for deportation.
Metropolitan Police were on a cross-border operation to combat vehicle crime when they came across a hired panel van with three men in South Mimms.
Police pulled up at the scene at around 10pm on Thursday, February 25 in Blackhorse Lane.
Two of the men were carrying a wardrobe from the van to a pile of rubbish on the ground, which included a mattress and various waste bags. The third man was found with more rubbish in the back of the van.
The driver attempted to conceal his true identity until his identity card was found following a vehicle search. He then said that he was paid to dispose of the rubbish but did not know where to take it.
All three were arrested for fly-tipping and taken to Wood Green police station in North London, where they were found to be illegal immigrants.
Two had been in the country for approximately three years and the third arrived only two days previously having paid £1,000 to be smuggled in.
The following day the men were questioned at Wood Green by Hertsmere Borough Council’s principal environmental health officer, Gavin Burns, and PC Phil Tuck from the Hertsmere Neighbourhood Policing Team.
They were unable to provide a satisfactory explanation for being in South Mimms, given that they lived in North London.
A council spokesman said: “All three received a caution for fly-tipping, which was the most appropriate sanction in the circumstances, and then removed by immigration officials to a detention centre prior to deportation. The dumped rubbish was loaded back onto the hired van, which was recovered by the hire company.”