Barking and Dagenham Council ‘given’ piano as an unwanted Christmas present

PUBLISHED: 16:39 03 December 2018 | UPDATED: 16:39 03 December 2018

The man dumped this piano in Barking. Pic: LBBD

The man dumped this piano in Barking. Pic: LBBD


A piano might have transformed the life of Elton John but for Barking and Dagenham Council it is an unwanted Christmas gift.

CCTV captures the man dumping the piano in Barking. PIc: LBBDCCTV captures the man dumping the piano in Barking. PIc: LBBD

A cheeky fly-tipper has been caught on camera dumping an upright piano in Park Avenue, Barking.

The illegal dumper hit the wrong note last month and features in the town hall’s latest episode of their fortnightly online CCTV appeal to catch fly-tippers caught on camera.

The footage shows the man using a caster dolly board to transport the piano before he dumps in on November 1 at around 9pm.

The council’s fly-tipping team recovered the piano and it is currently at their depot.

Councillor Margaret Mullane, cabinet member for enforcement and community safety, said: “There are plenty of options other than dumping rubbish on the street.

“Either give it to charity, stick it on a free-cycle website and see if someone else will take it off your hands or contact the council to collect it.”

Last year, Barking and Dagenham Council spent more than £380,000 of taxpayers’ money on clearing up fly-tipped rubbish.

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