Police to probe sand ‘theft’
Police have been called in to investigate the alleged large-scale theft of sand from North Stradbroke Island
Belgian-owned mining giant Sibelco has been accused of stealing as much as 8 million worth of sand from the island and selling it to the construction industry.
Premier Anna Bligh’s Government, already prosecuting Sibelco for alleged illegal sand mining, has referred evidence to the Queensland Police on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecution.
Legal opinion obtained by the Friends of North Stradbroke Island suggest the miner could be successfully prosecuting.
A copy of the Legal opinion has been referred to police. Department of Environment and Resource Management director-general John Bradley said yesterday.
Sibelco spokesman Paul Smith said the company denied any wrongdoing and was surprised at the police involvement
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