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HS2 may be guilty of 'wildlife crime' by felling trees illegally, say lawyers

Reports of rare bat species in ancient woodland being cleared for high-speed rail lineLawyers have warned HS2 it might be felling trees illegally, after an ecology report found evidence of one of the UK’s rarest bat species in an area of ancient woodland being cleared for the high-speed rail line.Legal firm Leigh Day has written to HS2 Ltd urging the company to halt activity at Jones’ Hill wood, near Wendover in Buckinghamshire, as it does not have a licence to carry out work that could disturb rare barbastelle bat roosts. They say to continue doing so could be a criminal offence. Continue rea...

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Sunday, 11 October 2020

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  • HS2 may be guilty of 'wildlife crime' by felling trees illegally, say lawyersReports of rare bat species in ancient woodland being cleared for high-speed rail lineLawyers have warned HS2 it might be felling trees illegally, after an ecology report found evidence of one of the UK’s rarest bat species in an area of ancient woodland being cleared for the high-speed rail line.Legal firm Leigh Day has written to HS2 Ltd urging the company to halt activity at Jones’ Hill wood, near Wendover in Buckinghamshire, as it does not have a licence to carry out work that could disturb rare barbastelle bat roosts. They say to continue doing so could be a criminal offence. Continue rea...
  • Police accused of unprovoked racist assault on HS2 protesterActivist’s claim of racist assault on bypass adds to litany of alleged violations of human rights sent to UN rapporteursA campaigner against the HS2 rail line whose head and back were knelt on by police after he says he was thrown to the ground during a peaceful protest believes he was singled out because he is black. He has lodged a complaint of assault amid rising calls for UK government action on the policing of environmental protests.Video footage shows William Harewood, the only person of colour in a small group of activists at a bypass in Wendover, Buckinghamshire, offering no resistance...

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