Leigh targeted by gangs stealing bags of clothes put out for recycling

Southend Standard: Gangs steal sacks of textile recycling Gangs steal sacks of textile recycling

CONCERNS have been raised about professional gangs stealing unwanted clothing left out in recycling bags.

David Woods, 75, of The Fairway, Leigh, said he has seen the same two men turn up in a white Nissan van every Monday morning to steal white textile recycling sacks from outside people’s homes.

The bags are left out by residents to be picked up by refuse men from Cory Environmental, on behalf of Southend Council, but the men arrive at about 5.45am, well before the Cory trucks.

Two men were also recently caught on CCTV stealing textile recycling sacks from Southwick Road, Canvey, and Mr Woods fears the bags are being stolen by gangs.

He said: “They come here because they know people have money in this area, but I’m quite sure they know they’re breaking the law because, if you look at them, they turn their lights off so you can’t see the registration plate.

“These are the same kind of people who steal from outside charity shops.

“They’ve no morals – it’s all about cash.

“They’re making a living from weighing these bags in and selling the clothes.”

Mr Woods has reported the van’s registration number to the police, who confirmed the thefts were classed as an offence, as the bags were expressly left out for the council to collect.

Officers are now investigating and have asked anyone with information to call them on 101.

A Southend Council spokesman also advised residents to report any suspicious activity.

He said: “We’d urge residents to be vigilant and, if they spot any vehicles other than those operated by Cory attempting to collect their textile recycling sacks, to record the registration numbers and alert the police.

“If residents are concerned about their textile bags being stolen, we’d ask them to consider other ways of recycling their clothing, such as taking it to a local clothing bank or charity shop.”

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2:18pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

Don't pit the sacks out overnight then. Simple
Don't pit the sacks out overnight then. Simple Howard Cháse
  • Score: 10

2:20pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Britanniaman says...

who gives a sh:t if your throwing them out how can it be stealing also half the time Cory Environmental don't collect Also why give them to the council to let them gain from the cloths. Collect your cloths up your self then take them to get your self some cash.
who gives a sh:t if your throwing them out how can it be stealing also half the time Cory Environmental don't collect Also why give them to the council to let them gain from the cloths. Collect your cloths up your self then take them to get your self some cash. Britanniaman
  • Score: -9

2:28pm Wed 22 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Don't pit the sacks out overnight then. Simple
They come in the morning, months back i seen some taking them before and asked them what they where doing, and yes they where not English...fact.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Don't pit the sacks out overnight then. Simple[/p][/quote]They come in the morning, months back i seen some taking them before and asked them what they where doing, and yes they where not English...fact. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 17

3:16pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Realworld says...

These are almost all without exception East Europeans - clearly a great benefit to our once great country.......
These are almost all without exception East Europeans - clearly a great benefit to our once great country....... Realworld
  • Score: 22

3:21pm Wed 22 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Howard Cháse wrote: Don't pit the sacks out overnight then. Simple
They come in the morning, months back i seen some taking them before and asked them what they where doing, and yes they where not English...fact.
It is a fact for sure..... I've been told by someone who works in a charity shop that almost anything left in the door ways for donation is taken these days by 'not english'..... but hey this cultural diversity is going to enrich all our lives, someday...
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Don't pit the sacks out overnight then. Simple[/p][/quote]They come in the morning, months back i seen some taking them before and asked them what they where doing, and yes they where not English...fact.[/p][/quote]It is a fact for sure..... I've been told by someone who works in a charity shop that almost anything left in the door ways for donation is taken these days by 'not english'..... but hey this cultural diversity is going to enrich all our lives, someday... pembury53
  • Score: 16

4:27pm Wed 22 Jan 14

GrumpyofLeigh says...

I've seen it more than once in Leigh - a white van coming round after 7am (the required time) and before Cory. And, no, I didnt report it at the time.
I've seen it more than once in Leigh - a white van coming round after 7am (the required time) and before Cory. And, no, I didnt report it at the time. GrumpyofLeigh
  • Score: 5

5:07pm Wed 22 Jan 14

the25man says...

If you are so concerned about the cloths you leave out at rubbish then take them to a charity shop where they will help others
If you are so concerned about the cloths you leave out at rubbish then take them to a charity shop where they will help others the25man
  • Score: 3

5:09pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

How can it be theft when you have thrown them away?
What a nosey interfering ....................
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......... Man
How can it be theft when you have thrown them away? What a nosey interfering .................... .................... ......... Man Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -7

5:14pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Been there got the T shirt says...

As the flyer states, old clothes bought for cash, is it any wonder these sacks are being stolen? when ever there's a demand, someone will supply.
Theft by finding, is a criminal offence, same if someone removes items from a skip.
As the flyer states, old clothes bought for cash, is it any wonder these sacks are being stolen? when ever there's a demand, someone will supply. Theft by finding, is a criminal offence, same if someone removes items from a skip. Been there got the T shirt
  • Score: 8

6:05pm Wed 22 Jan 14

GrumpyofLeigh says...

Realworld wrote:
These are almost all without exception East Europeans - clearly a great benefit to our once great country.......
You just dont get it - this country has a skills shortage so, the politicians tell us, we have to import crims from elsewhere: ours clearly arent up to the job.
[quote][p][bold]Realworld[/bold] wrote: These are almost all without exception East Europeans - clearly a great benefit to our once great country.......[/p][/quote]You just dont get it - this country has a skills shortage so, the politicians tell us, we have to import crims from elsewhere: ours clearly arent up to the job. GrumpyofLeigh
  • Score: 7

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