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Newham Council clear and secure fly-tipping hotspot

30 September 2016 in Community safety
​An East Ham eye sore, which attracted both rough sleepers and fly-tippers, has been cleared by Newham Council Enforcement & Safety Officers. The private land at Grangewood Street had attracted rough sleepers and illegal rubbish dumping.
Fly-tip on Grangewood Street in East Ham
Land made safe, clean and secureThe site was identified as a priority by Operation Alabama, a council initiative to deal with rough sleeping, and was closely monitored by council officers and the police, while extensive inquiries into the ownership of the land were carried out.
During the investigation 10 rough sleepers were removed from the site by officers, and where appropriate were assessed and offered assistance by the Thames Reach homelessness charity, and LGC Drug and Alcohol Service.
After complex inquiries, officers tracked down the land-owners, via a Manchester based management company. The company initially denied knowledge of the site, but within seven days of being served a clearance order, had the land made safe, clean and secure.
Councillor Forhad Hussain, Cabinet member for Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour, said: “This case highlights the dedication of our team, who showed determination in tracking down, and finally forcing the owners to deal with the problems at the site.” “This case also underlines the continuing success of Operation Alabama in tackling the problem of street homelessness in the borough in a fair, humane and balanced way.”