Police were among the agencies which raided a property in Shatterling

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Police and other agencies have today raided a remote rural property near Canterbury as part of a clampdown “industrial scale” fly-tipping.

Officers seized paperwork and other physical evidence from a site in Rusham Road off the A257 in Shatterling next to Wingham.

Two men aged 39 and 60 and have been arrested and are currently under investigation into the illegal disposal of waste.

The raid at Shatterling was a joint operation which involved Kent Police, Kent County Council, Dover District Council and the National Farmers’ Union.

Matthew Scott, the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, also attended.

 

PCC Matthew Scott and Ch Insp Mark Weller

The Canterbury Journal was granted access to the multi-agency operation.

Ch Insp Mark Weller, the district commander for police in east Kent, told this publication: “We have so far made two arrests.

“This raid was carried out as a result of intelligence that we received and is one of a number which took place this morning.

“It’s about sending out a message about fly-tipping and the illegal disposal of waste.”

Thirteen authorities across the county were involved in the operation.

Anyone caught breaking waste disposal laws can be fined up to £50,000 and face a year in prison.

Police spokesman Sally Smith added: “This is an investigation into illegal disposal of waste on an industrial scale.

“The local authorities, co-ordinated by the Kent Resource Partnership, will be interviewing suspects and building cases in an effort to prosecute those who have been fly-tipping.

“The effort is a culmination of months of work by the local authorities, Kent Police and the Kent Resource Partnership.

“It is aimed at sending a message to those involved in illegally dumping waste that police and local authorities will work together to target those who blight communities by fly tipping.”

Inquiries are ongoing.

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