The Environment Agency says five individuals from across the Midlands were arrested yesterday (20 April) following an investigation into ‘large-scale’ waste crime activity.
Enforcement action is said to have taken place at five separate addresses in Warwickshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
The investigation concerns the ‘illegal’ burying of waste at six sites across Warwickshire, Derbyshire and Buckinghamshire.
An Environment Agency spokesperson said: “The Environment Agency takes waste crime extremely seriously and we will persistently pursue those suspected of illegal waste activities.
“Illegal waste activity damages the environment and diverts money from legitimate businesses and at the Environment Agency we do everything we can to bring those responsible to account.”
With evidence seized the investigation will now continue. The Environment Agency says it is expected to last several months.
Investigators from the Environment Agency were supported by police officers from Warwickshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Police forces, who made the arrests and are said to have enabled evidence gathering.
Sergeant Andy Scruton from the Nuneaton Safer Neighbourhood Team in Warwickshire said: “The illegal disposal of waste is a blight on our communities, and we will always work hard with our partners in the Environment Agency to tackle it.”
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.