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Man arrested over waste fires and questioned on drugs link

A joint operation between the Environment Agency (EA) and police has resulted in the arrest of a Nottingham man in relation to a fire at an illegal waste site which burned for two weeks, with investigations leading to the discovery of a suspected cannabis farm.

The 41-year-old man was arrested on 8 November and questioned over a fire on a farm near Walesby, Nottinghamshire, last September.

No permit existed for waste to be stored on the farm.

The man was also questioned about two other enquiries following the discovery of illegal waste at a site on Hathernware industrial estate in Loughborough and a farm in Leicestershire.

When officers entered a property in Sneinton, Nottingham, they discovered around 40 suspected cannabis plants. The man is also being questioned over this matter.

Peter Haslock, EA area enforcement team leader for the East Midlands, said: “The arrest was made as part of a joint investigation involving enforcement officers from the EA and colleagues from Nottinghamshire Police.

“We know the Walesby site did not have a permit for waste activity and we believe the waste was involved in the fire. These are extremely serious cases and [we are] determined to bring the culprits to justice.

“We are working closely with partners to share intelligence on illegal waste activity. And we are encouraging property and land owners to be vigilant. Anyone who sees waste crime taking place is advised not to approach because these people can be dangerous.”

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