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Four arrested in waste crime raids

Four people have been arrested in a waste crime crackdown in Somerset.

Police and the Environment Agency raided sites near Glastonbury as part of Operation Tornado, a national crackdown on metal theft targeting high priority scrap metal sites. Three people were arrested after searches of the sites found evidence of waste crime.

One person was also arrested following a search of a site on the old airfield at Weston Zoyland.

Other agencies involved in the raids and arrests were Mendip District Council, British Transport Police, Network Rail, Devon & Somerset Fire Service, Sedgemoor District Council, the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency and Western Power and Wessex Water.

All four people arrested in the raids have been bailed until February.

This latest crackdown follows Operation Durable, a large multi-agency investigation into waste crime that saw ten people arrested following raids on several sites in the south-west earlier this month. The investigation focused on sites suspected of illegally treating, dumping and trading in hazardous waste including heavy metals and asbestos.

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