By­pass critic sus­pects foul play as an­gling log stolen

Thieves ig­nore valu­able items but take doc­u­ments

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JON HEBDITCH

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

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