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Waste crime prevalent in Northern Ireland – 16 December 2013

The independent Mills report highlights that criminals can attain vast profits but that there are “low deterrents”.

It also called for more robust regulatory activity to stop criminals entering the waste sector.

The report criminality is not a Northern Ireland specific problem as the UK and Republic of Ireland are also susceptible to such infiltration.

It states: “If illegal dumping is discovered and the perpetrators caught, the current sentencing regime provides very little deterrent and even if the Proceeds of Crime Act can be used to increase the financial penalties, vast profits can still be made.”

The report was called for after an estimated 516,000 tonnes of waste were discovered by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) in an area adjacent to the River Faughan in the townland of Mobuoy.