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The taking of timber felled by high winds is theft, warn police: Fife

Date of Incident: 10/02/2012

Posted on: February 11th, 2012 by 2049

In the aftermath of a series of complaints, and with one man already facing the prospect of being reported to the Procurator Fiscal, Wildlife and Environmental Crime Officer Constable Vicky Buist said:

"People may take this wood thinking nothing of it, but it is someone else's property, and if it is taken without permission it is theft.

"Our colleagues in the Forestry Commission place a high value on their timber and some people are taking literally hundreds of pounds worth."

Forestry Commission Scotland's woodland officer for Fife, Robin Lofthouse, added:

"The recent storms have done a lot of damage to woodlands across Fife and left a large amount of timber lying on the forest floor and along public roadsides.

"We manage this by incorporating this windblown timber in to our normal harvesting and sales operations, so none of it goes to waste.

"It is not there for people to help themselves and we will work closely with the police to deal with any cases of theft."

Anyone who has any information regarding these thefts is urged to contact Fife Police on 0845 600 5702.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Contact Details

Division/Station: Fife Wildlife and Environmental Crime Office

Name: Vicky Buist

Telephone: 0845 600 5702

Incident Location

Fife Police
Detroit Road


The location of the incident marked on this map is approximate