REVEALED: Leading reasons for environmental police call outs in Almeria

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ECO CRIMES: Police have attended 85 environmental incidents so far this year CREDIT: Shutterstock

ENVIRONMENTAL police attended a total of 85 incidents in Almeria Province in the first half of this year, according to Justice and Interior Ministry data.

Illegal dumping and breaking animal protection rules made up the majority of these. There were 41 complaints made in relation to the former and 40 in connection with the latter.

There were two call outs in connection with forest fires and two related to allegedly illegal workshops being set up on rural land.

Officers charged a total of 47 people in the province during the first half of this year, the majority in connection with illegal dumping allegations.

Three people were charged over forest fires and 41 were probed and charged over animal protection laws being broken.

Government statistics showed environmental officers travelled a total of 13,529 kilometres as part of patrols in natural and forest areas.

They found 123 vehicles they suspected of breaking regulations and indentified 229 people in connection with them.

Environmental officers oversee a number of areas and work in tandem with the Environment Ministry as well as with firefighters, Local and National Police and the Guardia Civil.

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