Security change at Leach Fields
Police say the security company patrolling Leach Fields has been changed, a week after being brought in to protect the site.
Nationwide Security Ltd set up a site hut on 25 March, following damage to a digger which had been parked in the fields and damage to fences erected to keep walkers off the site.
On Monday, 30 March, a security guard received 30% burns after a fire inside the hut; he is now recovering in hospital.
Police say that at first the fire was thought to have been malicious, but a text message was found on the security guard's mobile which shows he was asking how to change a gas cylinder.
According to police it was shortly after this text was sent that the fire began.
Officers have confirmed that there are no suspicious circumstances and that they are treating the incident as an accident.
Meanwhile officers are still investigating the damage to the digger the previous week and the tearing down of boundary fences. They warn that action will be taken against anyone found to have caused criminal damage on the site.
Contractors have now piled earth against all boundaries around Leach Fields, including the south boundary along Ray Brook.
The earth is also piled to the west of the West Path in Gobions, which is now accessible with care following the removal of two footbridges, although it hasn't been officially reopened yet by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT).
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3 April 2009
Wildlife "leaving Leach Fields" - 31 March 2009
Leach Fields security hut fire - 30 March 2009
Gobions path to be inspected - 28 March 2009
Gobions path temporarily closed - 27 March 2009
Police move to protect hedgerows - 26 March 2009
Security patrols for Leach Fields - 26 March 2009
Leach Fields diggers damaged - 25 March 2009
Gobions footbridges removed - 24 March 2009
Leach Fields entrances blocked - 24 March 2009
Bid to save protected trees - 24 March 2009
Developer blocks Leach Fields - 23 March 2009
Leach Fields lease ends - 21 December 2008