POLICE are urging Essex farmers and landowners to beware of a scam in which household and business waste is being illegally dumped on open land and camouflaged as plastic-wrapped hay bales.
The warning follows the discovery of about 1,500 tons of waste after a search warrant was executed on land in south Essex.
Officers from the Environment Agency (EA) are now concerned that other sites in Essex may be targeted in the same way.
Investigators from the EA believe that criminals are making large sums of money by charging to take away household or business waste but then dumping it at remote rural locations instead of using official permitted sites.
The rubbish is being compacted into plastic wrapping, capable of holding about half a ton...