Danger mine shafts pose threat to walkers

WALKERS could fall down dangerous mine shafts because vandals have pulled down warning signs and fences.

WALKERS could fall down dangerous mine shafts because vandals have pulled down warning signs and fences.

The treacherous holes are at the Goblin Coombe nature reserve near Cleeve, which is owned by charity The Vincent Wildlife Trust.

On several occasions public warning signs have been removed or defaced and gates and fences damaged.

The notices also inform walkers where they can and cannot go in order to protect wildlife.


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Fences surrounding the mine shafts cost the charity about £20,000 to put up.

Trust director Natalie Buttriss said: "We are a wildlife conservation charity and have to pay for damages from our funds.

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"This means less money for the animals we are trying to protect.

"We hope people will understand that there are areas of the woodland sectioned off from the public.

"These are important wildlife sanctuaries, parts of which are unsafe for visitors but there is plenty to explore freely."

Anyone who has any information can call 01531 636441 or Colin Morris in an emergency on 07890 168214.

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