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Police step up patrol against Forest of Bowland vandals

Police step up patrol against Forest of Bowland vandals
Police in Lancashire are stepping up patrols around the Forest of Bowland area of outstanding natural beauty following a spate of attacks on security fencing.

Officers from the Clitheroe force are warning landowners and farmers to be extra vigilant and report any form of suspicious activity around their land. There have been several incidents of fences being cut by vandals, which in some cases can cost the owners thousands.

The Forest of Bowland is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and is home to a host of wildlife including various rare birds. The implications of this damage can impact on the landowners' livelihoods as repairing the fences can see costs mount up.

Mr Jon Hickling, conservation adviser for Natural England, told the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times: "The recent spate of fence cutting activity has undermined the good work of many tenant farmers who are trying to manage sensitive plant communities more sustainably."

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Date: 05/03/2012 16:49:00

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