Police rule out taking action over abandoned lorry trailers
Businesses frustrated as officers say no crimes have been committed
Police say NO action will be taken over lorry trailers laden with old tyres that appear to have been dumped at various locations in and around Ashford.
Despite safety concerns from residents and business owners about the seemingly abandoned vehicles, police say that no offences have taken place.
Last week we reported that at least eight lorry trailers have been left abandoned around Ashford, all believed to be filled with used tyres.
They have been stripped of their registration plates and other identification details, and there are no company markings.
The trailers have been spotted parked up on roadsides including the A20, the Hothfield lay-by, the entrance to Matalan, Bridge Road, in a lay-by along the A28 towards Tenterden, and on the Cobbs Wood industrial estate.
One of the trailers that had been parked in Brunswick Road on Cobbs Wood was moved away at the end of last week.
Sgt Jasmine Bloomfield from the Community Safety Unit said: “Police have received reports concerning unattended trailers in Ashford, and at this stage no offences have taken place. Clockwise from top: abandoned trailers at the Cobbs Wood estate, Bridge Road and Brunswick Road
“Where the law is being broken, action will be taken.
“Highways England and Kent Police work with their partners, including Kent County Council and local borough councils, to address the issue of unsafe, illegal and anti-social parking on the county’s roads.”
But workers near the abandoned sites and residents are not happy.
Martin Denny, operations manager at GX Glass on the Cobbs Wood industrial estate off Chart Road, said: “It has been a real problem.
“It’s dangerous for our staff to get out. It’s a safety issue and a nightmare. They’re a nuisance.”
Brakes, in Bridge Road on the Cobbs Wood estate, has one of the trailers parked outside its premises.
A company spokesman said: “We undertake thousands of deliveries every year, so we understand how important it is to act responsibly on the roads.
“We have reported the aban- doned trailers to the police and the council, and hope that they can take action as it is very disappointing when you are faced with irresponsible and illegal activity which makes it more difficult for people and businesses to operate.”
An Ashford Borough Council spokesman said: “We are aware of this emerging problem and, together with other agencies, are investigating legal options to resolve the issue.”
The council confirmed that they would work with Kent Fire and Rescue Service, Kent Police, Kent County Council and the Environment Agency to tackle the issue.
Similar incidents, which have been treated as fly-tipping, have happened across the country in recent months.
‘At this stage no offences have taken place. Where the law is being broken, action will be taken’
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