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Police investigate I'm a celebrity after the Springwatch host reported on non-native cockroaches in Wales


I'm a celebrity for releasing non-native cockroaches and spiders in Wales, according to a complaint from Springwatch host Iolo Williams

  • The ITV program will be filmed at Gwrych Castle in North Wales this year
  • Cockroaches, maggots, spiders and worms are poured on participants
  • Springwatch host Iolo Williams reported the matter to North Wales police
  • Rural officials check whether native animals have fled into the country

Police determine I'm a celebrity after Springwatch host Iolo Williams complained about the release of alien wildlife to the Welsh countryside.

Roaches, maggots, spiders and worms could destroy the habitat around Gwrych Castle in North Wales, the venue for this year's show.

The ITV program is usually filmed in Australia, where insects, reptiles and rodents are used to scare the celebrities during various challenges.

However, this year, due to coronavirus travel restrictions, it was decided to use the 250 acre property in Wales instead.

The Guardian announced that rural crime officials are investigating whether non-native animals could escape during the filming following a complaint from TV presenter and naturalist Williams.

Jessica Plummer is full of cockroaches attending I'm a Celebrity earlier this week

He described it as "madness" to throw thousands of cockroaches on a candidate because there was no hope of winning any of them back.

“I'm not sure what species they release, but I can tell you that they are not indigenous. We don't have these cockroaches here in the UK and we certainly don't have them in North Wales. & # 39; Williams said.

“There will be cockroaches in every corner and every corner of your body. Are you going to tell me that every one of them will be found right away? Of course not. & # 39;

Springwatch presenter Iolo Williams complained about the "madness" of releasing non-native species

Springwatch presenter Iolo Williams complained about the "madness" of releasing non-native species

ITV said they only used non-invasive species and that all animals were collected after filming.

An ITV spokesperson said, “All of our insects are kept in the rotating area.

& # 39; We have a grate system that the bugs fall through to allow for post-filming collection.

"After filming, the participants in the show also shake themselves over a grate to collect all the insects."

They added, “All of the insects used in I'm A Celebrity are non-invasive species. They are only ever published in a closed area and collected immediately after the shooting. & # 39;

While the alien insects may not be invasive, that doesn't mean they can't cause irreparable harm to the ecosystem.

The United Nations has described alien species as one of the main drivers of habitat change alongside global warming.

A North Wales police spokesman said: "The matter is being investigated by officers from our rural crime team."

Gwrych Castle forests are of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) as they are home to some of the rarest species and habitats in the country.

Less than half a mile from the castle is another SSSI called Coed y Gopa (forested peak), home to stunning rare birds such as ospreys and hawks.

Mr Williams told The Guardian that "cockroaches are the ultimate survivors and if they survive in North Wales and escape into the wild, what effect will they have?"

Vernon Kay poured cockroaches on him at the castle in North Wales

Vernon Kay poured cockroaches on him at the castle in North Wales

The police investigation comes a week after the RSPCA expresses "serious concerns" about the treatment of live animals on the program.

The RSPCA released a statement stating, "Ever since I became a celebrity, animals have been dropped, thrown, rude, crushed, hunted, overcrowded, frightened by participants and prevented from escaping stressful experiences.

“There have also been incidents where animals were killed for entertainment purposes only.

& # 39; The show's news and the potential to get people to copy the 'Bushtucker Trials' at home for entertainment are also worrying. We believe that deliberately portraying certain species as evil or scary, or as objects that can be used for entertainment rather than entertainment, living things, living things are sending completely the wrong message. & # 39;

A spokesperson for the program said, "I'm A Celebrity adheres to the Animal Welfare Act with regard to the use of animals and we pride ourselves on our good production practices."

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