They look like policemen and they have the legend “traffic officer�? emblazoned in the back window. But their main job is to clear up the mess after an accident. Which means, technically, they are Wombles. —Jeremy Clarkson, The Times, 22/07/2007
characters created by author Elisabeth Beresford, originally appearing in a series of children's novels from 1968. Later became nationally famous in the mid 1970s as a result of a BBC children's television show.
Wombles are pointy-nosed furry creatures who live in burrows, where they help the environment by collecting and recycling rubbish in useful and ingenious ways.