On Wednesday 6th February 2019 Mr Piara Singh SEHAJPAL pleaded guilty at Haywards Heath Magistrates Court to two charges of destroying bat roosts. The first charge related to the destruction of a brown long eared roost and the second a common pipistrelle roost.
Although initial surveys confirmed the presence of the roosts no emergence surveys were undertaken. Some considerable time after the first survey the property was visited. The buildings hosting the roosts were found to have been demolished.
BCT provided advice and assistance to the police in their investigation including the provision of a conservation impact statement. Unusually Mr SEHAJPAL pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity and was fined £500 on each charge along with a victim surcharge of £50 and £85 costs.
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