Today Officers from the Rural Task Force have been given a tour of the Rivington area by Liam from Rivington Terraced Gardens.
A Chorley Police spokesman said:
“What an amazing place with some fascinating history behind it. What wasn’t nice to hear was that people continually commit criminal offences to our local heritage sites. Locks gate and fences are cut down so that vehicles can tear up the land.
“Not only this but recently fences have been ripped down to build a fire. This isn’t acceptable and could have created a major incident like 2018.
“As you can see from the tyre marks people find it fun to tear up the land of SSSI sites (Sites of Special Scientific Interest), essentially destroying the habitats of rare species of animals. WARNING the land beyond the fence line to the right of George’s Lane, if you are coming from Bolton, is a SSSI site.
“This isn’t fair to Rivington Terraced Gardens who work tirelessly with United Utilitied to upkeep the area. Rivington Terraced Gardens is a charity that maintain the land and you can help and donate to them by visiting https://orlo.uk/KItdB“
Sgt Harrison who is responsible for the area stated:
“Behaviour like this is unacceptable and its destroying our heritage sites and the habitats of protected species. There’s also the bigger picture of possibly contaminating the reservoirs which could have a massive impact on the public.
“Going forward we will be working closely with partner agencies and Greater Manchester Police to tackle these sorts of crimes and make an example of people who commit these offences.
“Remember crimes against heritage and SSI sites means there are bigger sanctions for those responsible”. We take crimes of this nature very seriously and urge the public to report them on 101 or 999.