Police called in to investigate Cinderford regeneration wildlife threat
Police are investigating allegations of wildlife offences at the Northern United site in Cinderford.
Officers attended the site at 10am today (Thursday November 1) in response to reports regarding the alleged destruction of habitats. It relates to proposals for the town's multi-million pound regeneration project. A planning application to demolish the former Northern United colliery buildings was submitted this week.
Wildlife campaigners say bats and great crested newts will be threatened if the plans go through.
Local officers and an ecologist are now carrying out a number of inquiries at the site.
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Sergeant Simon Clemett said: "Specially trained wildlife officers, along with a representative of Natural England, are in attendance to investigate if any offences have been committed contrary to the conservation of species and habitats regulations 2010.
"The alleged destruction of protected species is a very serious matter and it's vitally important we carry out a thorough investigation."