A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of a number of offences in relation to suspected catalytic convertor thefts.
The man and woman, from the Long Sutton area, were both arrested on September 7 following a joint operation between the Police and the Environment Agency.
The warrant was carried out at an address in Long Sutton where a large amount of cash and a machine to produce digital currency Bitcoin was recovered.
A container containing several tons of catalytic convertors was discovered which has been seized for further examination and investigation.
Sergeant Gareth Phillips said: “This was a successful joint operation between ourselves and a number of our partner agencies, which has resulted in the seizure of a number of suspected stolen items as well as a large quantity of cash.
“We are still in the early stages of our investigation. We are working with the Environment Agency to see if any offences have taken place, and would urge anyone with any information to contact us on 101.”
Yvonne Daly, an operations manager for the Environment Agency in Lincolnshire, said:
“The storage of hazardous waste materials can harm the environment, blight communities and undermine the legitimate businesses that do follow the rules.
“Our role is to protect the environment for people and wildlife, so we won’t hesitate to take action against those who put it at risk. To businesses flouting the rules our message is clear: you won’t get away with it.”
The 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of the following:
- Acquiring, using criminal property
- Knowingly, causing or permitting a person to operate a regulated facility without authorisation of an environment permit
- Depositing, without an environment permit, controlled/extractive waste either in or on land
- Keeping controlled waste in a manner likely to cause pollution or harm
- Handling, controlling, or transferring controlled waste without taking reasonable measure
The 27-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of acquiring/possessing criminal property.
They have both been released under investigation.
Anyone who suspects illegal waste activity is reminded to report it to the EA’s 24-hour hotline by calling 0800 80 70 60, or anonymously contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
To report a crime, call 101 or 999 in an emergency.