Environmental Agency carry out ‘Rogue Trader’ waste operation

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A team of Environmental Agency officers carry out a week-long waste crime prevention scheme

The ‘Operation Rogue Trader’ campaign was headed by the Police and trading standards services with help from the Environmental Agency, HM Revenue and Customs, the DVLA, Border Force and other government organisations.

The operation began on Wednesday, April 13, and was conducted for a week during which time the Environmental Agency targeted waste crime offenders and the police targeted rogue traders.

The crime prevention scheme involved the use of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR), police vehicle checks, and intelligence-led operations. Police and Scambusters used the operation to target salesmen who use bullying tactics against the vulnerable, while the Environmental Agency used the opportunity to tackle waste collectors operating without a waste carrying licence.

A team of thirty Environmental Agency officers were at the patrol scenes across England, working closely with the other government authorities.

Nicky Lawton, of the Environment Agency’s enforcement team, said: “The Environment Agency works closely with partner enforcement organisations to identify and stop rogue traders. We will take action against illegal operators who risk polluting the environment and undercutting legitimate businesses.”

‘Operation Rogue Trader’ was managed by Operation Liberal, a crime intelligence unit. In 2015, the ‘Operation Rogue Trader’ was responsible for recovering £3.1m of stolen property and arresting 100 people.

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