The Environment Agency has today (23 October) taken a leading role in a series of early morning police raids across West and South Yorkshire and Humberside.
The raids were part of Operation Dance, a complex investigation into suspected waste offences by a Leeds-based company and its directors.
Twenty one Environment Agency investigators supported by a similar number of Police officers from three different forces swooped on several sites across the Environment Agency's Yorkshire Area as part of an ongoing major investigation into the suspected illegal storing and dumping of waste.
Five people were arrested and are being interviewed by Environment Agency teams at Police stations across Yorkshire. Police have been supporting Environment Agency staff making arrests, and helped gain access to properties. Environment Agency teams have conducted searches of premises and are analysing the evidence gathered.
Damien Ashby, the Environment Agency's lead investigator for the case said:
"Our Environmental Crime Teams target organisations and organised criminals who risk damaging our heath, the environment and the livelihoods of legitimate operators.
"Following a covert Environment Agency investigation we worked with the police to successfully bring in suspects. We take waste crime extremely seriously. This is a complex ongoing investigation, and anyone with further information can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."
Anyone with knowledge of waste crimes can also call the Environment Agency's customer contact centre on 03708 506 506.