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Environment Agency carries out one of its biggest seizures in the country in Stratford

Laura Kearns 16th Aug, 2019

THE ENVIRONMENT Agency has carried out one of its biggest ever vehicle seizures in the country from a farm near Stratford.

Three diggers, a large bulldozer and a HGV tipper truck were seized as part of an operation with Warwickshire Police.

It is believed the vehicles were being used to dump and spread large volumes of contaminated soil at a non-permitted site.

Environment Agency area manager David Hudson said: “This sends out a strong message we will use all our powers possible to stop waste crime which harms the environment, wildlife and the community as well as undermining the work of companies that operate legitimately.

“We are now continuing our investigations into alleged activities at the farm.

“Landowners should take extra care when agreeing to the spreading of materials on their land. There are tight controls on what is allowed and illegal dumping of contaminated materials on farmland can create a significant liability for removal as well as seriously degrading the quality of the soil. In some cases the cost of removing waste can be higher than the original land value.”

The investigation is currently ongoing meaning the name of the farm cannot be disclosed and the owners of the vehicles have until next month to claim them back.

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