Police operation ‘Orange Emerald’ targets foreign offending across the south Wales valleys
An operation to tackle offending by foreign nationals in Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil was held today (Monday, 22 June 2015)
Police officers, immigration officers, revenue and customs officers, health and safety inspectors, and environment officers, targeted 16 car washes throughout the region to identify offending and take action.
Over 150 people were involved in the planning and the execution of the operation which culminated in a number of coordinated visits throughout the morning.
The intelligence-led operation, which was supported by the Government Agency Intelligence Network (GAIN), led to the arrest of three people and the closure of one premises.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Lewis, said: “The aim of the operation was to gather intelligence but also seek to disrupt individuals suspected of being involved in criminality and other offences.”
One man was arrested for money laundering, and two others in connection with serious immigration offences.
A prohibition notice was served by the Health and Safety Inspector on the Arya Service Station, in Abercynon, which effectively shut the business down with immediate effect. The decision was taken because of concerns about dangerous wiring at the premises.
Detective Inspector Dave Peart said: “Many of these businesses fulfil a need and they do a very good job – they have a rightful place in any community. But, where links to criminal activity or serious breaches of environment, accounting, or health and safety laws exist, we will take action.
“I have no doubt that word will spread about the operation today, and hopefully it will help to weed-out any businesses owners or employees who blatantly ignore UK laws that are there to protect workers, customers, and the wider community.”
Agencies involved in the operation include South Wales Police, Department for Work and Pensions, Home Office Immigration Enforcement, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and Road Fuels, the Health and Safety Executive, and Natural Resources Wales.