Barking and Dagenham Chamber of Commerce joins up with council to evict travellers

PUBLISHED: 14:03 04 October 2016 | UPDATED: 16:03 04 October 2016

Barking and Dagenham Council vowed to crack down on 'grime crime'

Barking and Dagenham Council vowed to crack down on 'grime crime'


Businesses are backing a campaign to extend police powers to evict travellers more swiftly.

Members of Barking and Dagenham Chamber of Commerce vowed to crack down on illegal encampments in light of a “growing fly-tipping crisis” at a packed meeting on Friday.

Chamber president, Mark Bass, will now lobby the government and the Mayor of London to help rid Barking and Dagenham and neighbouring boroughs of illegally disposed waste. The “enviro-crime” has reportedly cost private firms and east London authorities more than £1m this year alone.

“We look forward to finding a way of preventing this kind of illegal activity, ensuring that we can put a stop to these unlawful traveller encampments which are causing so much disruption and cost to local businesses and distress to residents throughout the community,” he said.

Barking and Dagenham Council will introduce new plans to deal with travellers this month, including giving police powers to take swift action to remove travellers and bringing criminal charges against enviro-crime that can lead to prosecutions.

Speaking at the londoneast-uk business park in Dagenham’s Rainham Road South, Ch Insp Rob Bills said police were taking a more robust approach to illegal encampments and are collecting data on touring vehicles.

But he cautioned: “While accepting that some of the travellers may be organised criminals, others within the traveller group are a protected group and police have to be proportionate with any action they take.”

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas supported the campaign but added: “It is important to note that the issue is not one with the travelling community, but with a criminal element operating within the traveller community.”

Related articles


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Barking and Dagenham Post visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Barking and Dagenham Post staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Barking and Dagenham Post account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Barking and Dagenham News Stories


Welcoming a baby into the world is a profound, life-changing event, where much can be overwhelming.

Yesterday, 09:00

Students helped clean Barking Park lake as part of their work experience placement.

Friday, May 26, 2017

A one-legged 38-year-old man who raped a 15-year-old girl and threatened to kill her has been jailed for nine years.

Friday, May 26, 2017

The hunt is on to find the cheeky fly-tippers who dumped 40 tonnes of rubbish near a primary school in Dagenham - twice in one week.

Friday, May 26, 2017

A homeless man accused of stabbing a woman in the head has denied attempted murder.

Friday, May 26, 2017

These four maps reveal stark differences in social inequality in Barking and Dagenham and show how the rich and the poor are sometimes living next door to each other.

Friday, May 26, 2017

A 70-year-old woman accused of six offences was given a hospital order to receive mental health support.

Friday, May 26, 2017

A teenager and three men from east London appear in court today charged with terrorism and criminal offences.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists


Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Barking and Dagenham Post
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now