Moorland yob website

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YOBS who desecrate Calderdale’s moorland could be shamed online.

Walkers and cyclists who use the South Pennines are being urged to upload details and photos of anti-social behaviour they see to a new website called Moorwatch.

Creators of the site Pennine Prospects hope the move will help them gather evidence to stop the culprits.

Steve Westwood, the Pennine Way National Trail Officer for Natural England, said: “The Moorwatch website reports directly to the relevant authorities and enables us to build up vital evidence.

“It’s had some fantastic feedback and although it was initially set up to tackle illegal off-road activity on the protected moorland, people are also using it to report fly-tipping and other anti-social behaviour.

“Much of our upland area is protected as a Site of Special scientific Interest and it’s illegal to damage these precious sites, which provide a vital habitat for ground nesting birds and rare plants.” 

Pam Warhurst, Pennine Prospects chairwoman, said: “It is very important that the public have a route for raising concerns about anti-social behaviour on the moors.

“This can range from the disturbance of nesting birds to illegal off-roading or littering. I would encourage everyone who loves the South Pennine uplands to use this website to report any incidents.”

For details, visit www.moorwatch.com.