Plea for help to stop vandalism on Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve
Friday 12th August 2016
Following the criminal damage to a dry stone wall on Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT’s) Lorton Meadows nature reserve in Weymouth, Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward.
The wall, which is located on the trail off Louiviers Road at the top of Lorton Meadows in the twon, had initially been damaged sometime in June 2016.
It had been repaired by DWT, who maintain the wall, but a second incident of criminal damage was report to police on Friday 5th August 2016.
DWT Communications Officer, Sally Welbourn, said: "This unique stone way-point not only marks the start of the legacy trail from the 2012 Olympics, but is alsoa place for the local community and visitors to enjoy views across the Lorton Valley Nature Park.
DWT shocked at the destruction
“We are shocked at the destruction which has occurred here and hope that anyone who can shed light on the perpetrators will come forward to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.”
Has anyone seen anything?
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk via email or by calling 101, quoting incident number 5:282. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 55111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
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