I am an Enforcement Investigator working within the Forestry Commission’s National Enforcement Team. Having transitioned from a long career as a Police Detective investigating other serious crime types, I am now using my skills and experiences to help tackle forestry related crime, which is on the rise.The National Enforcement Team
primarily investigate reports of alleged illegal felling of trees and failure to comply with Enforcement Notices issued under the Forestry Act 1967. Ultimately our goal is to bring offenders to justice, deter future offending and repair the damage to the environment caused by illegal acts using legislation that is available to us.
A recent case has resulted in the first ever ‘RESTOCKING ORDER AFTER CONVICTION’ being issued under Section 24B of the Forestry Act 1967 by a Magistrates Court.
This is groundbreaking news for the protection of our trees and woodlands and has been a long time in the making.
seen at 15:10, 9 February in Forestry Commission.
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