The Environment Agency (EA) has recruited a dog who can trace illegal and dumped waste to help prevent crime and identify criminals.
Ronnie the DNA dog, based in Lancashire, has been trained to trace baled illegal waste or loose items of illegally dumped waste that has been sprayed with SelectaDNA, a forensic marking solution that enables users to mark property and identify criminals.
Although frequently used by the police, this is the first time the EA has used the tool.
Gill Clayton, a member of the EA disruption and prevention team, said: “The EA is continually looking for new and innovative ways to disrupt criminal activities and SelectaDNA allows us to do just that.
”Where we find baled waste being stored illegally, EA officers will spray that waste with SelectaDNA, and will be able to then follow that waste on any illegal journeys.”
James Brown, managing director of Selectamark Security Systems said: “This is an extremely exciting partnership for us. Police forces and local authorities throughout the UK have used SelectaDNA to reduce theft, burglaries and robberies for over 10 years, but to now be working with the EA to tackle this extremely serious issue, is something we are very passionate about.”