Last reviewed 16 September 2020

Officers have uncovered 300 tonnes of illegal waste, several stolen cars and a drugs factory at a farm in the Lincolnshire village of Skendleby. An unlicenced shot gun was also found.

The raid involved officers from the Environment Agency (EA), the police, a specialist dog unit and officers from the Spanish Civil Guard which provided information about drug operations taking place on the farm.

Seven EA officers at the scene found approximately 300 tonnes of baled waste, 60 part-dismantled vehicles, used asbestos roofing materials, household rubbish and mixed manufactured wood. Evidence was also found of six separate areas used to burn waste illegally.

Environment Agency Area Director, Norman Robinson, said “We’ve now been able to put a stop to illegal activity on this site — a testament to the determination, joint-working and intelligence-sharing between multiple organisations.”

Police officers also found 4 bunkers made up of 12 shipping containers that were buried 20ft underground. Entrance to the bunkers was concealed within barns. Early inspection indicates the bunkers contained a large number of cannabis plants with an estimated street value of approximately £580,000.

Detective Superintendent, Rick Hatton, from Lincolnshire Police said: “With the operation being underground we have needed some real specialist support to uncover this activity.”

He added: “Only with the skills of those who joined us from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, the Environment Agency, East Lindsey District Council, RSPCE, Dyno-Rod and the Home Office’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory have we been able to get to this point.”

Three men, aged 34, 35 and 28 were arrested on suspicion of waste offences, production of a Class B drug, burglary with intent to steal and animal welfare offences.