Wednesday, 02 September 2015

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Dumped vehicles spark campaign to protect Lakeland fells

People who abandon vehicles off-road are being targeted in a new campaign.

Lakeland fells damage photo
Some of the damage caused by off-roaders

It is a combined effort by the police, Forestry Commission and Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA).

This has been launched following a spate of incidents including a vehicle left on the Caldbeck Fells – an area of Special Scientific Interest, with strict rules on activities that can be carried out there.

People who break these conditions run the risk of a prison sentence.

Pete Barron, LNDPA park management ranger, said: “We work tirelessly to protect the Lake District National Park so that it can be conserved and enjoyed by all, not only at this time but also in the future.

“This type of antisocial behaviour is damaging to the environment and is a drain on financial resources for the authority.”

Rangers will now step up their patrols.

Wildlife, rural and environmental crime officer PC Helen Felton said: “This is totally unacceptable behaviour with a huge potential to cause damage and destruction to our heavily protected rural environments that can take many years to recover.

“If you see anyone participating in this activity or are aware of anyone who is, can you please report this to the police.”

Adrian Jones, the Forestry Commission’s operations manager, added: “We will work closely with our partners, including the police, to target the individuals who come onto Forestry Commission land and engage in any anti-social or criminal behaviour.”

To report a crime, contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



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