An press release published on the 10th of January entitled Environment Agency crackdown continues on illegal activity on the .gov website reports that almost £220,000 in fines have been imposed after a number of Environment Agency investigations in the North East targeting both individuals and companies breaking waste and fishing laws.
25 prosecutions during 2016 for waste offences resulted in total fines of £93,390 and £109,683 in costs were incurred. The convictions included three custodial sentences, a curfew, two formal cautions and compensation that was payed to a landowner who was forced to clear illegally dumped waste.
Working alongside specialist support teams the Environment Agency work to support businesses who are abiding by their permit conditions whilst taking enforcement action against those who do deliberately flout the waste regulations.
Jamie Fletcher, Environment Manager at the Environment Agency in the North East, said:
“Waste crime can cause serious pollution to the environment, puts communities at risk and undermines legitimate businesses, impacting on investment and economic growth.We have specialist teams that work hard to target those suspected of being involved in illegal activity and to ensure any necessary action is taken against them.We work closely with a wide range of partners including local authorities, police and the fire service, and I’d like to thank them for their continued support. There have been some excellent results at court over the past year, and communities and anglers can rest assured that this will continue.”