Gloucestershire business site raided by Environment Agency and police

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The Environment Agency and Gloucestershire police have raided a business park on suspicion of illegal activity

The manager of the New Dunn Business Park in Forest of Dean is incensed by the actions of the Environment Agency and Gloucestershire police following a raid at the premises.

The Environment Agency (EA) and police officers carried out the raid at the New Dunn Business Park on Tuesday, February 23 and searched the tenants’ premises in a operation to target illegal waste activity and car theft. The Environment Agency and investigating police officers confiscated photographs and paperwork from the site.

A 49-year-old tenant was arrested following an earlier raid at the Coleford business park in June last year but was released on bail and no further action has since been taken by the police or the Environmental Agency.

New Dunn Business Park manager incensed by EA raid

Police and the Environment Agency raided New Dunn Business Park

The manager of the business park, Sara Warby, has hit out at the actions of the Environment Agency, claiming that they had “no cause” to search the premises. Ms Warby complained that fly-tipping often occurred at the site but that her tenants were not responsible for this and the business park owners had spent “thousands” on removing the rubbish.

Gloucestershire Constabulary are now carrying out an investigation based upon the suspicion that illegal activity, including car theft, fraud and End of Life Vehicle activity had been perpetrated at the site.

The Environment Agency commented on the case: “We seek to gather information from partner enforcement agencies and use this and other intelligence to actively target the operators of illegal waste sites.”

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