Habitat takes a bat-tering

PUBLISHED: 11:32 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:20 26 October 2009

Brown long-eared bats on a timber joint  Picture: J J Kaczanow/Bat Conservation Trust

Brown long-eared bats on a timber joint Picture: J J Kaczanow/Bat Conservation Trust

THIS week, we saw a record fine dished out at the Central Herts Magistrates Court. How much I hear you cry? Millions? Well, no actually! Construction multi-millionaires P J Livesey received a meagre fine of £3,500 for pleading guilty to the charge of des

THIS week, we saw a record fine dished out at the Central Herts Magistrates' Court.

How much I hear you cry? Millions? Well, no actually!

Construction multi-millionaires P J Livesey received a meagre fine of £3,500 for pleading guilty to the charge of destruction of a natural habitat.

The company's disregard for hibernating bats in Essendon Park saw it slapped with a record fine for a bat case.

The company admitted to starting building having known full well that it required a licence to tear down part of the Victorian estate.

Bat lovers believed that some of the bats were bound to have perished as a result of P J Livesey's premature building.

I'm sure the constructors, that had a turnover of £45m last year, are reeling from this loss.


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