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Ten arrests in major asbestos dumping raid

Ten people were arrested during dawn raids yesterday following the country's biggest ever probe into suspected illegal asbestos dumping.

Sixty Environment Agency investigators supported by Avon and Somerset Police swooped on several sites as part of Operation Durable.

The investigation is ongoing and expected to take many more months to complete.

Specialist Environment Agency crime staff from across England and Wales have been brought in to support given the unprecedented scale of the investigation.

Police have been deployed with EA staff to make arrests, gain access to properties and assist with collecting evidence.

The ten people arrested have been arrested have all been released on conditional bail pending further enquiries until a date in January 2013.

Andy Higham, Head of the Environment Agency's NECT said: "The Environment Agency targets gravely negligent organisations and organised criminals who risk damaging heath, livelihoods and the environment.

"Following a covert Environment Agency investigation we worked with police to successfully bring in suspects.

"We take waste crime extremely seriously. This is a live and complex investigation, anyone with further information should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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