Environmental issues

An environmental offence or crime is an unlawful act against the environment. The environmental offences that most affect our communities every day are:

For more information on what you can do and how to report any of these issues simple select the links above or visit our Street scene pages

Other issues that may be affecting you or your community can be

For more information on what you can do and how to report any of these issues simple select the links above or visit our Environment and waste pages

The Environment Agency

The Environment Agency is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The Agency's overall responsibility is the protection and enhancement of the environment in England and is responsible for issues such as

  • Damage or danger to the natural environment
  • pollution to water or land
  • poaching or illegal fishing
  • dead fish or fish gasping for air
  • main rivers blocked by a vehicle or fallen tree causing risk of flooding
  • flooding from any river, stream, canal, natural spring or the sea
  • incidents at Environment Agency-regulated waste sites
  • illegal removals from watercourses
  • unusual changes in river flow
  • collapsed or badly damaged river or canal banks

To report any of these issues contact the Environment Agency on their 24 hour Incident Hotline 0800 80 70 60.

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