The Environment Agency is urging witnesses to come forward with any information about large amounts of waste being illegally dumped at a known West Sussex hotspot.
The unnamed site at Walburton, near Arundel is already under investigation by the Environment Agency’s specialist Environmental Crime Team and new illegally dumped material has appeared there since 10 July.
Amongst the vast amount of household and construction waste that has been deposited is a distinctive leopard print board and a large wall poster that may provide clues to who the culprits may be.
Nigel Oliver, Area Environmental Crime Officer, said: “This location has been a real problem for us for some time and it’s vital that we identify where the items came from and who dumped them there.
“If an innocent party has handed them to a waste contractor for disposal then they will not be in any trouble, but they will have critical information for us to catch those responsible. This kind of environmental crime is completely unacceptable as it can cause pollution, harm to wildlife and it creates a total eyesore for those living nearby.”
Anyone who has any information can contact the Environment Agency’s Romsey Depot on 01794 832777 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. All calls will be treated in confidence.
Illegal waste sites are a growing problem nationally and the Environment Agency recently set up a nationwide task force of investigators specifically to tackle this criminal activity. These waste sites are unlicensed, operate without any safeguards to the environment and undermine legitimate waste management companies who are undercut by illegal operators.
Those responsible for running illegal waste sites can be fined up to £50,000 in Magistrates' Courts, face unlimited fines in higher courts, as well as community punishment orders or prison sentences of up to 5 years.
For further information about how the Environment Agency is cracking down on waste crime, please visit: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/waste/