Security firm "harassed" by public
Nationwide Security Ltd says it pulled its staff off the Leach Fields site because the company was "fed up with staff being harassed by members of the public."
Earlier today police told this site that security for the fields was changing hands.
We contacted Nationwide Security Ltd and discovered that a culmination of alleged incidents had led to the company’s decision.
What is known is that police have been investigating damage to a digger, a security guard’s car and fences, but it is not clear whether there were any other incidents that led to the company’s decision.
On Monday, 30 March, a security guard received 30% burns after a fire inside the hut; he is now recovering in hospital. Officers confirmed last night that there were no suspicious circumstances and that they are treating the incident as an accident.
Meanwhile officers are warning 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).
You can discuss the Leach Fields in this site's forum.
3 April 2009
Security change at Leach Fields - 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