Monday, 31 January 2011

BBC News - Man dies in fire at Bilston Glen protest camp

31 January 2011 Last updated at 10:00

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Man dies in fire at Bilston Glen protest camp

bilston glen scene An inquiry has been launched in to the cause of the fire

A man has died in a fire at a protest camp in Midlothian.

The blaze broke out at Bilston Glen, where environmentalists are camping in protest at the proposed construction of a bypass, at about 0330 GMT.

Lothian and Borders Police said the dead man was in his 20s. A woman is also being treated in hospital.

It is understood the man who died and the injured woman were part of the camp which has been based there since 2002. An inquiry into the cause has begun.

The protest group objects to the proposed A701 bypass.

It claims the plans, by Midlothian Council, would lead to the destruction of the Bilston Glen, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).


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