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Suspected illegal scrapyard raided

A suspected illegal scrapyard in North Wales has been raided by officers from Natural Resources Wales (NRW). 

The site in the Bangor area, which is believed to have been operating for some time, contains about 50 vehicles. 

All scrapyards must have the right infrastructure and management systems in place to deal with pollutants from scrapped cars without harming people or the environment. 

Those that meet the criteria are granted an environmental permit from NRW which they must comply with or face enforcement action. 

During the operation NRW’s enforcement officers were supported by North Wales Police Rural Crime Team and NRW’s woodland officers. 

Ann Weedy, Enforcement Operations Manager for Natural Resources Wales, said: “Cars that have reached the end of their life must be dismantled properly. 

“They contain a number of different pollutants which can harm the environment and people’s health. 

“The environmental permitting system is important because it makes sure that sites are designed, built and managed in a safe way.

 “If we have reason to suspect that sites aren’t complying with the laws, we will take enforcement action. 

“This also helps to ensure a level playing field in the industry where illegal operators are not undercutting legitimate ones unfairly.”

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