Wild plant thieves hunted after white van spotted being loaded up at Folkestone nature reserve

Contributed by editor on Feb 20, 2017 - 08:45 PM


Kent Police officers are investigating the report of theft of wild cabbage and samphire plants from a nature reserve in Folkestone.


The incident is believed to have happened between 12pm and 2pm on Tuesday 7 February 2017 at Folkestone Warren Nature Reserve in Wear Bay Road.

Witnesses have reported seeing three men collecting large quantities of the wild plants. They were reported to have been seen loading the plants into a white van.

Sought after samphire was targeted by thieves Photo: Pixabay

The theft of these plants is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Police constable Wayne Wright of the Kent Police Rural Taskforce said: 'Foraging for wild grown produce is becoming increasingly more popular and areas where wild plants can grow undisturbed are fewer than ever, but it is important to strike a balance to ensure that wild plants and places are still here for future generations.

‘It is an offence to collect plant material from protected sites such as Sites of Special Scientific Interest, which The Warren is.

‘Kent Police takes these matters very seriously and the Rural Taskforce will continue to work in partnership with Natural England and local authorities to target those involved in these activities.

‘I would encourage anyone with information about this incident to get in touch with Kent Police.'

Can you help?

Officers are carrying out enquiries into the incident and anyone with information call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting ZY/006283/17.

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