Violence in the field: Are environment officers safe at work?

An environment officer was threatened with murder earlier this year. Gareth Simkins and Conor McGlone explore how the UK’s green regulators are addressing the risk of assault

Environment Agency officers at work
There are concerns that new powers enabling EA officers to lock up and block access to waste sites could increase the potential for violent behaviour towards them

The recent prosecution of a man for threatening to murder an Environment Agency (EA) officer investigating a pollution incident may have shocking but it was hardly unprecedented.

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