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Friday, 24 October 2014

Woollen Mill boss accused of damaging protected Cumbrian woods

Edinburgh Woollen Mill boss Philip Day is being prosecuted over alleged damage to Gelt Woods at Hayton, near Brampton.

Philip Day photo
Philip Day

Day, who lives just over a mile away at Edmond Castle, bought the woodland in 2010 with a view to using it as a pheasant shoot.

Natural England is bringing a prosecution under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

The businessman faces three charges of carrying out unauthorised activity – details of which have not yet been disclosed – within Gelt Woods, a designated site of special scientific interest, in November 2010.

The case is due to be heard at Carlisle Crown Court on October 1. He has entered not guilty pleas and will be “vigorously defending” them.

The 46-year-old is the chairman and chief executive of Edinburgh Woollen Mill.

 Full story in today's The Cumberland News

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