How environmental regulators are battling violence in the field

Assaults and threatening behaviour has taken a physical toll on officers enforcing environmental law, though prosecutions are rare, finds Gareth Simkins

Environment Agency officer at a waste crime site
Dozens of enforcement officers have been injured due to assault over recent years

Environment Agency (EA) officers have been injured on duty due to assault on at least 32 occasions over the past five years, the regulator has revealed. In all, more than 300 incidents of threatening behaviour and assault have been recorded over the period.

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