Citizen pictures family making fire on protected land in Pembroke

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A citizen had posted on social media their concerns about the presence of people picnicking and making a fire on the Pembroke ranges.

In the post on a well-known Maltese social media page, the citizen explains that they came across families on the Pembroke ranges close to the reverse osmosis plant, burning what they believe to be old furniture.

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The poster photographed the scene explaining the amount of litter and rubbish that was created by their time there. Readers are told that the poster told them what they were doing was illegal and that they had contacted the local council and the Environmental Resources Authority regarding the incident.

It is also understood that a second walker contacted the police and that a patrol vehicle had been called to the scene but it was dark by the time they arrived.

A spokesperson from Pembroke Council explained to Newsbook.com.mt that they had received the statement on their social media pages late on Sunday evening and that they would be responding to them accordingly.

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They also confirmed that the setting of fires on this area of land is illegal and that is managed by the Nature Trust Malta (NTM) and the ERA’s Natura 2000 Management Plan.

This means that the land in question is one of 27 terrestrial Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) that is designed to protect the biodiversity of the area and receives full legal protection under Maltese law.

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The council’s powers of against these circumstances are limited and often enforcement against such situations are deferred to the police and ERA, Newsbook.com.mt was told.

Following up the lead on the police call, it is understood from CMRU that the police had not registered an incident from Sunday evening.

ERA has also been contacted to ascertain if they received information on the incident but were unable to reply in time for the publication of this report.

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