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EA uses European Warrant to bag Irish waste crime suspect

A European Arrest Warrant has been used to pick up a suspected international waste criminal. The Environment Agency (EA) issued the warrant to bring an Irishman back to the UK to face prosecution for a number a serious waste crimes. Patrick Joseph Anderson, from the Republic of Ireland, was detained by Irish police and deported on October 25, when he was flown back to London Heathrow and re-arrested. Investigation head EA senior environmental crime officer for the Anglian region Owen Bolton said: This is the first time the EA has been successful in using a European Arrest Warrant to bring someone to face prosecution for waste crime. We believe Mr Anderson was involved in a number of serious fly-tipping offences in North and South East London, and in Essex. Our investigations date back into incidents from 2003, and as the case is due to be heard at Inner London Crown Court, we are unable to give specific details of the case. The EA said that a court summons had originally been issued to Anderson at his last known address in England in October 2006. However, when the EA attempted to serve the summons, it became apparent he had sold up and moved back to Ireland. Bolton said: When we learned of Andersons new whereabouts, our head office legal team secured the warrant with help from the Crown Prosecution Service. This case sends out a clear message that the EA will use all the powers at its disposal to ensure those who we believe may be involved in crimes against our environment are bought to justice. Waste crime is a serious problem that not only damages our environment, but forces significant costs upon those victims that are dumped on and undermines the legitimate businesses who handle waste in accordance with the law. We will not tolerate it and continue to work to tackle it.

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