The findings of an independent review into the performance of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency’s crime unit have been welcomed by Environment Minister Mark H Durkan. The review was carried out by the Criminal Justice Inspectorate at his request into the unit’s operation, performance and ability to tackle waste crime.
While no significant problems were reported, recommendations highlighted how enforcement and regulation could be enhanced, including a more rigorous approach for dealing with offenders. The Minister, who accepted all proposals in principle, said: “The impact of environmental crime on daily life here should not be underestimated. It is not a victimless crime. It threatens our world-class surroundings, our quality of life and our economy.”