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Two illegally moored boats seized and destroyed in Kingston Council clamp-down

Our enforcement officers have removed and destroyed two illegally moored boats yesterday (4 June 2015).

The decisive action was part of Operation Riverside, a joint initiative between four councils, two police forces and the Environment Agency.

In addition to the two boats, a number of unauthorised structures were also removed from the riverside.

Councillor David Cunningham, Lead Member for Environment and Transport at Kingston Council said:

“Yesterday’s action sends out a very clear message to people who illegally moor their boats along this stretch of the river - you are not welcome here. This action is just the beginning - our enforcement officers will continue to patrol the riverside and take quick, decisive action where appropriate.

“The results of our All in One borough survey showed that residents and visitors value our green spaces and riverside highly. We intend to keep these spaces clean and safe, for the enjoyment of all. Illegally moored boats are a menace and do not have a place in our borough and I am grateful for the support of the Police and the Environment Agency in helping us stamp out this problem.”

Nick McKie-Smith, Waterways Enforcement Manager at the Environment Agency said:

“This joint venture shows that we are serious in cracking down on unauthorised mooring and that, together, we are evicting those who don’t respect our waterways and the borough of Kingston.”

Operation Riverside was a joint day of action from Kingston, Richmond, Elmbridge and Spelthorne Councils, the Metropolitan Police, Surrey Police and the Environment Agency.