Hardly a day goes by without a story about tyres being dumped on unsuspecting landowners who then have to foot the bill to have them properly disposed of.
A Canary Wharf businessman is facing a bill of around £11,000 after 15,000 tyres were dumped in his warehouse.
David Jones had planned to turn the premises in Charlton into a second paintball centre to complement his site next to the Wharf.
But with just a couple of months to go until opening he has been saddled with mountains of worn casings strewn across the floor.
Mr Jones said: “When I first saw it I almost threw up. I just couldn’t believe it.”
He had first 150 tyres dumped on another of his sites in mid-August. He caught the person involved on the second load, and was told he needed somewhere to temporarily store the tyres while another site was being cleared.
The conman pledged to remove the tyres after three days, but then asked for more time.
Mr Jones said: “I couldn’t keep the tyres on that site, so I told him I would allow him to store that amount in my Charlton warehouse for a week. I gave him the key, and when I took it off him a couple of days later the amount of tyres in there were exactly what we agreed.”
Mr Jones claims that a copy of the key must have been cut, as he returned two weeks later to find 15,000 tyres on-site. He is still on course to open in December, but is now several thousand out of pocket.
He said: “The police have basically said that because I originally let the people on my premises, the onus is on me completely. It goes from criminal law to civil law.
“I’ve had to have the tyres moved myself, and it’s cost me £11,000. We’ve taken an ambitious decision to expand in a recession and stretched our resources to the limit. Having this as well is bordering on breaking me.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office