By Denna Bowman
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of illegally dumping more than 3,000 tyres in a Welsh village last week.
Officers from Environment Agency Wales and North Wales Police made the arrests after making an appeal for information about the dump in the village of Glan Conwy last week.
The men, aged 23 and 35 from the local area have been questioned and released on bail while further investigations are carried out.
The tyres were dumped in a garage close to homes, the environmentally important Conwy estuary, the Conwy Valley railway line and the A470 trunk road which connects Llandudno and Cardiff.
Because the risk of fire and pollution was so high, the Agency took the unusual step of removing the tyres itself. Contractors took two days to clear the site last week.
Sian Williams from Environment Agency Wales said: “If these tyres had caught fire, toxic smoke would have polluted the air, wildlife in the Conwy estuary would have suffered, and the railway and main north-south trunk road could have been closed until the fire was put out.
“Waste criminals undercut legitimate companies who follows the rules – as regulator of the waste industry we investigate any reports of waste crime to ensure there is a level playing field for all businesses in the sector.”