Investigation into Hilbre Island cave incidents summer 2019

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Birgitta Kuhlmann-Muller

Dear Natural England,

Please, could you tell me if your organisation is making or intends making an enquiry into the cause of the recent fire in a cave and subsequent clean-up operations of Hilbre Islands that was reported, for example,

Emergency services called to fire in cave on Hilbre Island, West Kirby

If an enquiry is to be held, I shall be grateful if you will let me know its aims and intentions, where, when, who is to be called to be given evidence and, later, send me a copy of the final report.

Yours faithfully,

Birgitta Kuhlmann-Müller

SM-NE-FOI (NE), Natural England

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SM-NE-FOI (NE), Natural England

Dear Ms Kuhlmann-Müller
Access to information request –Response– Request no RFI 4790
Thank you for your request for information as to whether Natural England
intends to undergo an enquiry into the cause of the recent fire in a cave
and subsequent clean-up operations of Hilbre Islands.
Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004.
I can confirm that the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is currently
undertaking an investigation into this incident and Natural England is
supporting them with this.  You may find it helpful to contact the MMO in
relation to this.
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