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Bank worker in court over fly-tipping

A bank worker has appeared in court for his part in one of the worst cases of fly-tipping ever seen. A massive dump, more than half a mile long, at Purfleet in Essex cost well over a hundred thousand pounds to clear up. But Adam Coles didn't dump the rubbish. All he did was hire someone to take it away. Some of the waste found at the site belonged to Mr Coles. But as Tom Savvides reports, the law states it's the job of the householder to make sure the refuse is disposed of properly.

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Video: Dumped rubbish stretches a mile

Illegal rubbish, stretching a mile, has been dumped in one of the worst cases of fly-tipping in the south east. Tom Savvides talks to locals in Purfleet and MP Jackie Doyle Price.


A mile of rubbish blights countryside

Cory's Wharf has become a dumping ground Credit: Your Thurrock
The rubbish has accumulated over several months Credit: Your Thurrock

It's a sea of rubbish as far as you can see.

For months, land at Cory's Wharf in Purfleet, Thurrock, has been used to dump sofas, mattresses, building materials and household waste.

It's dumping on an industrial scale.

Video filmed by shows the full extent of the blight on the landscape.

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"Thurrock Council is aware of the situation on land it owns in Purfleet and is working with partners in the police and the Environment Agency to tackle this issue, bring the perpetrators to book and recoup the clean-up costs – estimated to be in the thousands.

"The council will be investigating the site for toxic or otherwise dangerous material before any final decision on its removal is taken.

– Spokesperson for Thurrock Council

Car trying to beat level crossing barrier hits cyclist

A car knocked a cyclist off his bike whilst trying to jump the level crossing at Purfleet.

British Transport Police are appealing for witness who may have seen the incident happen on Friday 23rd August.

PC Maria Wheele, the investigating officer said, "The cyclist was approaching the level crossing on London Road, next to the station, around 12:20pm as the crossing lights began to flash.

"A silver vehicle then followed closely behind and began to speed up in an attempt to beat the lowering barrier.

"The driver clipped the side of the cyclist, knocking him to the floor before continuing on."

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, quoting incident B5/LNA of 02/09/2013.

Kent crash victim tribute

Edward Stanley died in a road collision in Purfleet Credit: Essex Police

A Kent man who died following a car crash in Purfleet has now been named as Edward Stanley.

The 28-year-old died after his Ford van collided with an articulated lorry on Wednesday, July 17.

An inquest into his death was opened and adjourned today.

His wife Joanna said: "Edward Stanley was a very laid back man who adored his partner Joanna of 13 years, married for three, his eight-month old daughter Willow and all of his family and friends.

He was considered by all who knew him to be a very decent honest hardworking man who provided for his family."