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Tonnes of waste dumped in shadow of Olympic Stadium

A housing developer will have to foot the bill to remove tonnes of waste dumped by travellers in the shadow of the Olympic Stadium.

Credit: SWNS

Mountains of rubbish were dumped at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London.

A group of travellers had been illegally occupying a housing development site on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park since 24 August, 2017.

LLDC obtained a High Court order for the group's removal and court officers enforced the order on Wednesday 9 September with support from the Metropolitan Police.

We have taken back possession of the site, which is under licence to a developer, from the illegal occupiers and the developer will meet the cost of cleaning the area.

– London Legacy Development Corporation spokesperson
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Chris Clark, 61, said he saw the mountain grow after travellers first arrived a month ago.

The plumber was working nearby and says the group may have been carrying out illegal rubbish collections.

A lot of what they've been dumping is household rubbish, stuff like that - it's a huge pile covering a big area.

I've been here for about three weeks and you could see the travellers bringing the rubbish along, dumping it and then going away again.

They were obviously picking up rubbish from elsewhere, they wouldn't have brought it with them and there's not a chance it's just their waste.

It looks like people are paying them to take rubbish away and this is where they're tipping it.

– Chris Clark, plumber