Date: Wednesday 30 January 2013.
Published in: The Herald.
Author: Brian Donnelly, Senior News Reporter.
CAMPAIGNERS have secured the immediate future of the UK's only dedicated wildlife crime team, which is based in Scotland.
However, longer-term doubts remain about the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) which is housed at a former police office in Livingston, West Lothian, after the Westminster Government only agreed extra funding for one year.
Wildlife charity WWF-UK said there should be greater commitment to the unit, which has 12 staff connected to it who are engaged in activities ranging from fighting global poaching to the persecution of rare birds in this country.
The £272,000 it will receive from main funder Westminster next year has been confirmed by Environment Minister Richard Benyon.
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