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Four arrested in connection with the illegal dumping of waste in Newcastle-under-Lyme

4 July 2017 Local News

Police have arrested four men after a large amount of waste was unloaded on land in Pepper Street, Keele, yesterday evening (Mon).

Officers were called to the scene just after 5pm following a report of individuals acting suspiciously and found two men unloading waste from a HGV.  Both were arrested and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service also attended due to the risk of fire.

At the site were found a large number of bales, all of which had been dumped during the past few weeks.

Whilst police officers were guarding the scene this morning (Tues) two further HGVs arrived also carrying significant amounts of waste.  Both of the drivers were arrested.

All four men arrested remain in custody for questioning.

They are a 48-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent; a 31-year-old and 59-year-old from Leeds and a 53-year-old from County Tyrone in Northern Ireland.

A multi-agency response involving the Environment Agency, Local Authority, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue and Staffordshire Police has taken place to decide how best to secure the site, prior to cleaning it up without damaging the environment.

The Environment Agency is aware of the incident and will lead this waste crime investigation.

If anyone has any information to help the investigation they are urged to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 652 of July 3, or the Environment Agency’s Incident Hotline on 0800 80 70 60.

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