A man from Maidenhead has been released under police investigation following a serious spate of ‘large-scale’ waste dumping across the South East.

The 44-year-old, who has not been named, was arrested by Thames Valley Police for illegal waste tipping in Surrey, West London, Kent, Buckinghamshire and Hampshire.

The prohibited fly-tipping occurred between February and May this year where the man is accused of dumping waste in Willets Lane in Denham, and on the A355, just north of Beaconsfield.

He is also accused of leaving serious amounts of rubbish at Handy Cross in Wycombe, Hyde Green in Beaconsfield, Denham Court Road in Denham and on Common Road in Taplow.

The man was bailed until the end of June, but his bail was then extended until this month.

The arrest was part of a wider investigation between the Environment Agency, the Metropolitan Police, Thames Valley and Surrey forces, and following his arrest back in May, the Environment Agency revealed that a tipper lorry and van believed to be involved in the illegal waste operation had been seized.

Emma Viner, Area Enforcement Manager for the Environment Agency, said: “We are pleased a suspect has been arrested in connection with several suspected large-scale illegal dumping incidents across four counties and west London.

“Waste criminals put both the environment and local communities at risk with their reckless actions. The Environment Agency is determined to bring culprits to justice.

“We encourage anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”