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Man dies in fire in environmental activists’ camp

A man has died and a woman is in hospital following a fire at a campsite in Bilston Glen in Midlothian.
The alarm was raised at around 3am when Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service received reports of a fire in the open. Firefighters had to leave their engines and go on foot to find the blaze where they discovered the body of the man. They then contacted police who are investigating the incident at the campsite, which belongs to environmental activists.
The man has not been named but is believed to be in his 20s. The woman is being treated at hospital in Livingston. Details of her condition have not been released. An inquiry involving the police and the fire service is being carried out into the cause of the fire. A spokeswoman for Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service said: “The firefighters had to go on foot in to the area and they discovered the body of a man who had been badly burnt. Fire investigation were there last night and went back on Monday morning.”
An environmental protest camp has been in Bilston Glen since 2002, aiming to prevent any building of a bypass road that would see the A701, which currently runs through Bilson re-aligned through woodland. There has been so far no construction work on the proposed road that was put forward by Midlothian Council in 2000. Those involved have built tree houses and ground structures describe themselves as “a non-hierarchical autonomous group.”
They say that  over the years they have been campaigning against not just the road, but against all the development in Midlothian, including new houses and the expansion of biotech and retail parks. They say these promote a culture dependent on car use and create an infrastructure which is relying on a new road.

A man has died and a woman is in hospital following a fire at a campsite in Bilston Glen in Midlothian.The alarm was raised at around 3am when Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service received reports of a fire in the open. Firefighters had to leave their engines and go on foot to find the blaze where they discovered the body of the man. They then contacted police who are investigating the incident at the campsite, which belongs to environmental activists.
The man has not been named but is believed to be in his 20s. The woman is being treated at hospital in Livingston. Details of her condition have not been released. An inquiry involving the police and the fire service is being carried out into the cause of the fire. A spokeswoman for Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service said: “The firefighters had to go on foot in to the area and they discovered the body of a man who had been badly burnt. Fire investigation were there last night and went back on Monday morning.”
An environmental protest camp has been in Bilston Glen since 2002, aiming to prevent any building of a bypass road that would see the A701, which currently runs through Bilson re-aligned through woodland. There has been so far no construction work on the proposed road that was put forward by Midlothian Council in 2000. Those involved have built tree houses and ground structures describe themselves as “a non-hierarchical autonomous group.”
They say that  over the years they have been campaigning against not just the road, but against all the development in Midlothian, including new houses and the expansion of biotech and retail parks. They say these promote a culture dependent on car use and create an infrastructure which is relying on a new road.

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