Police investigate I’m a celebrity fearing non-native insects may escape | Environment


Police are investigating I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! of concerns that non-native wildlife may have escaped in the Welsh countryside during bushtucker trials, the Guardian can reveal.Rural crime officers from North Wales Police are investigating complaints that non-native creatures such as cockroaches, maggots, spiders and worms may threaten wildlife in the 100-hectare (250-acre) estate surrounding Gwrych Castle in North Wales, where the show takes place. organized this year.

Normally the show is staged live from the Australian jungle, where celebrities take part in challenges and dares with live animals, like being covered in bugs or surrounded by rats.

Authorities are investigating ITV after complaints from TV presenter and naturalist Iolo Williams, who was dismayed after watching the show last week and seeing thousands of cockroaches crawling on the contestants. He described it as “folly” to use non-native species for entertainment.

“I don’t know what species they release, but I can tell you that they are not native. We don’t have these cockroaches here in the UK and we certainly don’t have any in North Wales, ”he said.

Although the challenge occurs in a confined environment, contestants would still carry bugs when leaving the compound, Williams said. “There are going to be cockroaches in every nook and cranny of their body, are you going to tell me each of them is found immediately?” Of course not.


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