Alex Easton MLA claims a wildlife crime has been committed at the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency site at Grey Point Fort, after dozens healthy trees cut down and wildlife disturbed at their Grey Point Fort site.

Speaking today Alex Easton MLA said:

“Having been alerted by members of the public I went to visit the NIEA woodland site at Grey Point fort at Helensbay. I was deeply shocked and saddened that for no apparent reason dozens of healthy mature trees had been cut down for no apparent reason. What is even more disturbing there seems to have been no consultation or warning and a complete lack of regard for the site and protected animal species living at this site! I intend to raise this issue at the NI Assembly and have already submitted NI Assembly question and also written to the DEARA minister to express my disappointment and to ask for a full explanation as to why this has happened. At a time where we are meant to be tackling climate change and trying to increase out tree population this complete act of vandalism has occurred and what makes it more concerning is that it’s a government agency seems to be doing nothing about it, this matter is also being reported to the PSNI as a wildlife crime.”