Bypass critic suspects foul play as angling log stolen
Thieves ignore valuable items but take documents
Afisherman who claims a protected loch in Aberdeen has been polluted by AWPR construction has been robbed of his findings in a mysterious raid.
Ian Muir owns the fishing rights to Corby Loch, near Bridge of Don, and believes sediment from the construction of the £750 million bypass has polluted the loch – one of only four legally protected Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in the city.
He previously revealed that in August he discovered thousands of dead fish floating in the water around the 32-acre site, and said no fish have been caught there since.
The Press and Journal reported his plight in a front page story on October 30, including details of his water samples and the diary of his findings.
But the tale has now taken a strange twist as the caravan on the lochside, which Mr Muir uses as a base, has been broken into.
The thieves ignored the expensive fishing equipment and radios and only stole Mr Muir’s diary and a copy of the P&J with the front page story.
He said: “I have been keeping that diary detailing the pollution for years, but I came in on Monday to find it gone.
“They ignored my transistor radios and all the expensive fishing equipment which means that I think it must be connected to the story being in the press.”
Last night, a police spokeswoman confirmed the break-in had been reported and that officers were making inquiries.
She said: “The incident appears to have taken place between 2.30pm on Sunday and 3pm on Monday. A quantity of stationery was stolen.”
Bridge of Don councillor John Reynolds said: “It sounds like someone doesn’t want his information to become public.”
Corby Loch and neighbouring Lily Loch were given the SSSI designation in October 1983.
Last night, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency confirmed their investigation into the possible pollution is continuing.
James Smith, Sepa unit manager in Aberdeen, said: “We have not received any further reports relating to fish mortalities since investigating the deaths of juvenile sticklebacks in August, which we were unable to ascribe to any specific cause.
“We are aware of concerns relating to increased quantities of silt arriving at Corby Loch, and are investigating in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage.”
A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “We have not received any complaints or contact from Sepa or SNH and see no reason why this story should be connected to the AWPR site.”
“They ignored the expensive fishing equipment”
TARGETED: Ian Muir beside his caravan at Corby Loch which was broken into and his diary detailing pollution findings taken