Po­lice rule out tak­ing ac­tion over aban­doned lorry trail­ers

Busi­nesses frus­trated as of­fi­cers say no crimes have been com­mit­ted

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - By Molly Mile­ham-Chap­pell

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’

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­group.co.uk

Pic­tures: Alas­tair Irvine

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