Victims of Johal Scrapyard urged to contribute to BBC programme

Were you affected by the illegal Johal Scrapyard which caused misery to residents a few years ago?  If so, the production company behind a BBC series would like to hear from you.

BBC One's Caught Red Handed is making a programme that will feature the Johal Scrapyard

BBC One’s Caught Red Handed is making a programme that will feature the Johal Scrapyard

Topical Television is currently making the third series of a BBC One programme called Caught Red Handed and is keen to talk to residents in Colnbrook who were affected by the illegal operation.

The Johal Scrapyard brought misery to large parts of the village for over four years as officials seemed powerless to stop his illegal scrapyard and waste processing centre on the Colnbrook By-Pass.  As well as the crushing of cars at all hours complaints included acrid smoke, burning of diesel, unattended dogs barking all night, and powerful floodlights shining into homes late at night.  Church services at St Thomas’ were reputedly halted by the noise.

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Amrik Johal was jailed last May for three years after a spectacular arrest by police on the runway as he tried to flee the country.

The forthcoming series looks at ways technology, like CCTV, can help stop a crime or wrongdoing and ultimately lead to a conviction. It is already featuring an Environment Agency operation where a similar illegal waster site near Reading was closed down.

“We’re keen to speak to other people who have been adversely affected by such a crime to hear about how it affected them, their families and their home. I have seen several articles relating to the activities of Amrik Johal and wondered if it would be possible to speak to any residents in Colnbrook.”

The programme is expected to highlight not only the work of the EA but the impact on the victims.

We are also keen to show that this isn’t a victimless crime; it affects people’s pride and joy – their home – and can impinge on people’s daily lives in such dreadful ways.

If you are interested in contributing to the programme, drop a note to Camilla Findlay at Topical.

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