Four arrests in Somerset waste crime raids

Four people have been arrested by police in raids targeting waste crime in Somerset.

Environment Agency officers and police went to a site at Weston Zoyland, near Bridgwater, and targeted properties near Glastonbury and Shepton Mallet.

Waste crime is the illegal treating, dumping and trading in hazardous waste, including heavy metals and asbestos.

Those arrested were released on bail until February 2013.

The raid near Glastonbury was part of a larger national operation targeting metal theft.

Three people were arrested after the site was searched and evidence of waste crime found.

More than a dozen agency officers and about 30 police officers were involved in the raid, together with Mendip District Council, British Transport Police and Network Rail.

The fourth person was arrested following a search of a site on the old airfield at Weston Zoyland.

The Environment Agency and police were supported in the raid by the fire service, Sedgemoor District Council, the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, Western Power and Wessex Water.

A number of items were seized in the raids, including a high voltage power cable and catalytic converters.

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