STOLEN vehicles worth about £41,000 were seized by enforcement officers from the Environment Agency to curtail the activities of a convicted Pershore criminal.
Vehicles including a tractor and trailer units were confiscated from Ridgeway Farm, Throckmorton as part of a major operation by the Agency.
The farm is the business address of John Bruce who was sentenced to a 26-month custodial sentence in May 2018 for operating an illegal waste site at the farm between 2011 and 2014.
Bruce was prosecuted for six offences in which waste totalling about 25,000 cubic metres was either dumped, buried or burned.
The Environment Agency was joined in an operation on Ridgeway Farm last month by officers from West Mercia Police and the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service.
A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “The vehicles seized were identified as stolen and the West Mercia Police have started a criminal investigation.
“By seizing these vehicles, the multi-agency operation has curtailed the ability of Bruce to commit further environmental offences.
“This work shows the Environment Agency is determined to crackdown on waste crime.
“Waste crime can have a serious environmental impact which puts communities at risk and undermines legitimate business and the investment and economic growth that go with it.
“We support legitimate businesses and we are proactively supporting them by disrupting and stopping the criminal element backed up by the threat of tough enforcement as in this case.
“We continue to use intelligence-led approaches to target the most serious crimes and evaluate which interventions are most effective.”
Waste crime can be reported to CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.