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New Year's Day mess in Stortford's high street: Crew Clothing Company apologises

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A high street chain has apologised for leaving piles of rubbish outside its Bishop's Stortford branch on New Year’s Eve which was then strewn across the street overnight.

Staff at Crew Clothing Company in South Street left boxes and bags stacked against the shop windows ready for collection. Late-night revellers who saw in the new decade are suspetced of having kicked and thrown it around.

Photos of the mess caused a huge outcry on the Indie’s Facebook page, with many pointing the finger at the store.

Rubbish strewn all over South Street on New Year's Day (26051138)
Rubbish strewn all over South Street on New Year's Day (26051138)

“I was shocked when I walked past Crew Clothing after finishing work at 5pm yesterday (Jan 31) to see so much stuff outside," posted Anne Adamson on New Year's Day. "I was wondering if they were shutting down and were going to use the boxes for packing up. Who in their right mind thought that was a good idea?”

“They shouldn’t have left rubbish out like that,” added Rachael Militon. “Even on an ordinary day it makes the whole street look untidy, but just daft on New Year’s Eve. Doesn’t excuse drunk and stupid behaviour, but anyone can predict this was a bad idea.”

Stortford resident Stacie Allan and her father helped to clear up the mess on New Year's Day and contacted the Indie to raise her concerns.

She said: “We were cleaning up Bishop’s Stortford high street due to Crew Clothing leaving out all their rubbish on New Year’s Eve day, so New Year’s Eve night drunk people tipped the bags out everywhere and the high street was a mess. Crew Clothing knew that their rubbish would not be picked up that night or the next day and it’s disgusting.”

A spokeswoman for Crew Clothing Company said this week: “We have been in touch with the store in question and it seems that a miscommunication around collection times and lack of storage space around the back of the store led to this isolated incident.

“We always aim to keep our collection as neat and tidy as possible and would like to apologise for this unfortunate result. We are taking steps to ensure this does not happen again.”

Crew, which has 79 stores nationwide, prides itself on its environmental standards.

A statement on its website reads: “We take great pride in our controlling of waste. At each stage, every effort is made to ensure our impact on the environment is minimal. From recycling food, paper and cardboard packaging at head office, stores and our warehouse to reducing wrapping from our suppliers, we are dedicated to the reduction of waste.”

A spokeswoman for Herts police said that no CCTV footage had been passed to police or the incident reported. It was more likely to be classed as anti-social behaviour unless criminal damage was reported, she added.

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