Police and Thurrock Council were out in force on Tuesday, May 17, cracking down on car traders posing as private sellers who leave vehicles for sale at the side of the road.
The vehicles which often have hand written signs in the windows cause a nuisance, obstructions and also affect legitimate car traders.
Officers from South Ockendon neighbourhood policing team joined Thurrock Council’s Community Protection Team, and worked together in a number of areas around Thurrock.
A total of five cars were removed. Investigations are now continuing with both the police and Thurrock Trading Standards.
Pc Leigh Munden, neighbourhood constable for Aveley, said: “By working together with Thurrock Council’s Community Protection team, we have responded to something that was of concern to local residents.”
Essex Police Authority member and Aveley And Uplands representative, Cllr Wendy Herd, added: “This is something my residents often mention, the cars are left for long periods of time and looks unsightly with grass that cannot be cut. When this practice occurs within residential areas it causes more problems for residents if parking space is restricted.
“I hope this will send a clear message to those people that its not something that will tolerated.”
The areas targeted were the Upland Estate, A1306 Purfleet, North Road, Purfleet and Romford Road, Aveley.