Police Say Damage To Wildlife Trust Fences Must Stop

cattle grazing 2There’s been more action taken against the Wildlife Trust and police feel it’s a reaction to their controversial grazing policy.

It’s happened before in recent years and there have been short bursts of action over a short period. But no one has been caught.

On Friday evening, Sergeant Colin Taylor was contacted by a visitor who had noticed fence posts pulled up on the Garrison. She was worried that grazing cattle and horses would get out.

She put them back and a Trust worker went to make sure the animals were secure. But on Saturday morning, the Trust found that the posts had been removed again.

Colin says someone has gone out of their way to do this, and would urge them to take their grievances to the Trust instead, rather then risk letting animals out onto the roads.

He says it’s not a crime but he’d view the actions as antisocial behaviour. And if the cattle get out and injure someone, or themselves, he’ll hold the person who removed the fences responsible.

Sergeant Taylor says when people do this it reflects badly on the islands and that’s why he wants it to stop.



9 Responses to Police Say Damage To Wildlife Trust Fences Must Stop

  1. Colin H May 28, 2013 at 8:55 am

    In view of the fact we seem to have an abundance of Colin’s, I better sign Colin H. (my post was on the 27th)

  2. John Smith May 28, 2013 at 8:39 am

    I can’t see this problem being resolved until the WLT & people who are not happy about the method of grazing cattle & wild ponies on the Garrison sit round a table & come to a mutual conclusion. Safety on both sides of the fence, literally, is a serious issue.

  3. Colin Bean May 28, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Childish behaviour and the people concerned ought to grow up. They haven’t got the bottle or the IQ to actually confront the wildlife Trust to air their grievances.

  4. Stuart Moore May 27, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    I’m more concerned about the scrote who stole my daughters bike and then dumped it when the chain came off and then stole the lights. b$”£%^&ds!

    • Grey Hound May 28, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      I presume it was locked…….

  5. Rob May 27, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    I agree with Colin, what the WLT do to Scilly should be a crime, IS a moral crime to anyone that loves the wild, wide open spaces of Scilly,
    Its naive of Sergeant Colin Taylor to suggest that if you take your grievances to the Trust you will get satisfaction.

  6. Colin May 27, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    and it isn’t a crime to introduce posts and barbed wire/electrified fences to the islands?

    • Ian T. May 29, 2013 at 8:36 am

      No, it’s not a crime, unless you are happy for the islands to become completely over-run by gorse, brambles and bracken. The other alternative is for people to clear the scrub but that would involve volunteering i.e doing something for no reward other than the satisfaction of helping the islands survive.

  7. Steve Raven May 27, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    “…He says it’s not a crime….” That’s pretty easy-going. It’s certainly anti-social, but around Nottingham, I’m sure it would be considered to be criminal damage – especially on a repeat of the action. Someone knows who is responsible.