Man says di­ary de­tail­ing con­di­tion of loch stolen

Ex­clu­sive: Ian Muir tells of ex­pen­sive items ig­nored in break-in

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - NEWS - BY JON HEBDITCH

Afish­er­man who claims a pro­tected loch in Aberdeen has been pol­luted by AWPR con­struc­tion says he has been robbed of his find­ings in a raid.

Ian Muir owns the fish­ing rights to Corby Loch, near Bridge of Don, and be­lieves sed­i­ment from 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 said that

“I have been keeping that di­ary for years”

in Au­gust he dis­cov­ered thou­sands of dead fish float­ing in the wa­ter around the 32-acre site, and has said no fish have been caught there since.

The Press and Jour­nal re­ported mat­ters in a front-page story on Oc­to­ber 30, in­clud­ing de­tails of his wa­ter sam­ples and the di­ary of his find­ings.

But the story has taken a twist as Mr Muir said the car­a­van on the lochside, which he uses as a base, has been bro­ken into.

He said the ex­pen­sive fish­ing equip­ment and ra­dios he uses were ig­nored and only his di­ary and a copy of the P&J with the front-page story were taken.

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 it must be con­nected to the story be­ing in the press.

“I don’t know if they want to stop me speak­ing about it. We have re­ported it to the po­lice.”

Last night a po­lice spokes­woman con­firmed a break-in had been re­ported and 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: “In an or­di­nary bur­glary they will steal high-value items to sell. It sounds like some­one doesn’t want his in­for­ma­tion to be­come pub­lic.”

Corby Loch and neigh­bour­ing Lily Loch were des­ig­nated SSSIs in Oc­to­ber 1983.

Last night the Scot­tish En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Agency (Sepa) con­firmed its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into pos­si­ble pol­lu­tion is con­tin­u­ing.

James Smith, Sepa unit man­ager in Aberdeen, said: “Every day Sepa works to pro­tect and en­hance Scot­land’s en­vi­ron­ment.

“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.

“We en­cour­age any­one who has con­cerned about a po­ten­tial pol­lu­tion in­ci­dent to con­tact our 24-hour pol­lu­tion hot­line on 0800 807 060 or on­line via www. sepa.org.uk/re­port. Get­ting in­for­ma­tion quickly al­lows us to be­gin in­ves­ti­ga­tions.”

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.”

Pho­to­graph by Scot Bax­ter

LOCH CLAIM: Ian Muir said a di­ary de­tail­ing AWPR-re­lated pol­lu­tion has been stolen from his car­a­van.

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