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Police patrol launched to tackle anti-social human pooer in Ilford

PUBLISHED: 10:38 23 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:58 23 May 2018

The public car park next to Lynton House in Ilford. All pictures: Ken Mears

The public car park next to Lynton House in Ilford. All pictures: Ken Mears

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Redbridge Council and the police will soon start patrolling an Ilford car park to tackle an anti-social human pooer.

The public car park next to Lynton House in IlfordThe public car park next to Lynton House in Ilford

Staff using the parking area next to Lynton House, Griggs Approach, said the area is regularly littered with large faeces and at times it is “hard to avoid it”.

One council employee, who wants to remain anonymous, said commuting to work is simply “yucky”.

“Every time I have had to use that car park I have seen it and it is absolutely disgusting.

“It is not nice to have to take on an obstacle course of human filth first thing in the morning - or at any time to be perfectly honest.”

The public car park next to Lynton House in IlfordThe public car park next to Lynton House in Ilford

Another worker said the smell can sometimes make him retch and whenever possible he gets up 40 minutes earlier so he can get to work by another means.

“The poos are definitely not from an animal – they are far too big,” he said.

“It makes it worse that it is right on the council’s doorstep.

“It has been going on for a while now and has unfortunately become a regular occurrence - you think they would have tackled it by now, it is so unsanitary.”

A council spokeswoman said the car park is cleaned daily, but confirmed that human waste has been discovered “on rare occassions”.

“We have already stepped up the number of security patrols and are soon to start joint patrols with the police to stamp out any anti-social behaviour in the car park and deter the people intent on wrong-doing,” she said.

“We are also offering help and outreach assistance to those sleeping rough in and around the car park.”

The Welcome Centre, in St Marys Road, Ilford, is a charity working with homeless people and manager, Sonia Lynch, said the town centre does need more facilities for rough sleepers.

“We do work in partnership with the council and other charities to try and provide as much provision as possible but we do need more,” she said.

“There are a few new initiatives that are coming up and money available from the government so we are looking at extra services and I think we will be able to do a lot more.”


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