The Environment Agency (EA) and Yorkshire & Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit have arrested a man following an investigation into illegal dumping of waste across the country.
The 46-year-old was arrested and evidence seized at a residential address following enforcement action taken in April last year, as part of an ongoing investigation into the illegal dumping of up to 25,000 tonnes of waste at 17 sites across the Midlands, north-west and north-east.
So-called Operation Cesium is expected to continue for many more months.
Michael Brown, lead investigator in the EA’s national investigation team, said the agency was determined to tackle waste crime and bring those responsible to account.
“This investigation is complex, with waste being illegally dumped across many parts of the country, blighting those communities,” said Brown. “Some of the sites have already caught fire, causing a significant impact on communities, the environment and our emergency service partners.
“It’s our job to do everything we can to investigate these crimes and prosecute those we believe responsible.”
DC John Davies of the Organised Crime Unit said: “This investigation has been ongoing since 2016, and we will continue to examine the evidence to determine the full extent of the suspected offences in efforts to bring those responsible to account.”