Arrests after illegal waste found buried in Derbyshire following large-scale investigation

Police have arrested five people in connection to large-scale waste crime activity after rubbish was found buried in Derbyshire.

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 1:12 pm
Updated Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 3:24 pm

The individuals were arrested in five separate addresses across the country – including Kilburn in Derbyshire, Nuneaton in Warwickshire and Bleasby in Nottinghamshire yesterday (April 20) following an investigation by the Environment Agency.

It comes after illegal waste sites were uncovered in Denby and Codnor, and also in parts of Warwickshire and Buckinghamshire following a probe by the public body.

Investigators from the Environment Agency were supported by police officers from across the three forces who made the five arrests and enabled to start to be gathered as part of an inquiry to uncover six sites which were being used to illegally dispose of waste around the country.

Five people have been arrested after illegal waste was buried in Denby and Codnor in Derbyshire, along with other sites in Warwickshire and Buckinghamshire. Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images.

The investigation into the large-scale waste crime is expected to continue for several months after evidence was seized by police.

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.”

Sergeant Andy Scruton from the Nuneaton Safer Neighbourhood Team added: “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 should contact independent crime charity, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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