Illegal dump in Halifax: two arrests

Rubbish found at suspected illegal waste site
Rubbish found at suspected illegal waste site

A COUPLE from Halifax have been arrested on suspicion of operating an illegal tip.

The 53-year-old man and his wife were arrested in a raid by police and environment officers in Halifax.

They were taken to Halifax police station for questioning and released on bail pending further inquiries. The raid, understood to have happened at Lucy Street in Claremount, was carried out after suspicions that the site was being used to illegally store, sort and dispose of waste.

Paul Glasby, the Environment Agency’s officer in charge of the operation, said: “This site had its permit revoked last year after not complying with a number of its conditions.

“The operation has been about collecting good evidence to help us prove whether or not it has continued to operate.

“Companies that don’t abide by the environmental rules can save significant amounts of money and this gives them a competitive advantage.

“Our specialist teams are tasked with stopping as many illegal operators as possible and will work closely with partners such as the police to take strong action where it is required.”

If anyone has information about or suspects people of illegal waste activity they can call 0800 807060 to report it. Calls are taken in confidence and information can be shared anonymously.