Arsonists ‘selfish’ attack on beauty spot's hide - Lancashire Wildlife Trust

09th August 2012
Arsonists ‘selfish’ attack on beauty spot's hide - Lancashire Wildlife Trust
Arsonists who burned a popular hide to the ground at a Lancashire nature reserve have been slammed as “selfish”.
Firefighters tackled the blaze at the Peninsular Hide, at Brockholes off the M6 motorway at Preston, in the early hours of Sunday, but they could not save the £14,000 building. Staff at the Lancashire Wildlife Trust reserve were assessing the damage today - with just the metal frame still standing - and described the damage as “heartbreaking”.
General Manager Kath Knight said that all the hides at Brockholes have been subject to attacks – fires, broken windows, graffiti and other anti-social behaviour. “As a nature conservation charity we cannot afford this kind of attack. These hides have been funded by individuals wanting to do their bit for wildlife and now we have to go to them and explain that the hide has been destroyed.” She added.
Police have increased patrols at Brockholes recently and staff are asking volunteers and members of the public to be vigilant and to report any anti-social behaviour to the police.