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Entertainment I’m A Celebrity 2020: Police ‘investigate’ ITV over use of non-native bugs while filming in Wales

18:25  25 november  2020
18:25  25 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

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If the police find that the show has released non - native wildlife into the surrounding area, this means the channel would “The matter is being investigated by officers from our rural crime team," north Wales police confirmed. I ’ m a Celebrity investigated amid fears it’s ruining Welsh countryside.

Police are investigating I ’ m a Celebrity . . . Rural crime officers from north Wales police are looking into complaints that non - native creatures such as cockroaches, maggots Authorities are investigating ITV after complaints by the TV presenter and naturalist Iolo Williams, who was appalled

Police are investigating I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here in relation to its use of non-native wildlife in the latest series, it has been reported.

Vernon Kay, Beverley Callard, Mo Farah, Victoria Derbyshire, Giovanna Fletcher, Drew Stafford posing for a photo: The celebrities taking part in this year's series (Photo: ITV/PA) © Provided by The i The celebrities taking part in this year's series (Photo: ITV/PA)

It follows concern that some non-native species – such as cockroaches, maggots and spiders – could potentially escape into the Welsh countryside during filming, according to the Guardian.

The animals are used in the ITV reality show’s “bushtucker” trials, in which celebrities take part in challenges to win food for their campmates.

The programme, now in its 20th series, is usually hosted in Australia but this year is taking place at Gwrych Castle in North Wales because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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ITV . Police in Wales are investigating claims that I ' m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! has been releasing non - native insects during filming . A spokesman for I ' m a Celeb said: "All of the insects used on I ' m A Celebrity are non-invasive species. "They are only ever released in a contained area

Police are investigating I ’ m a Celebrity … Authorities are investigating ITV after complaints from TV presenter and naturalist Iolo Williams, who was dismayed after watching the show last week I ’ m a celebrity … Get me out of here! takes place in North Wales rather than the Australian jungle this year.

Non-native species

According to the Guardian, authorities are now investigating ITV after complaints from naturalist and TV presenter Iolo Williams over its use of non-native species.

“I’m not sure which species they’re releasing, but I can tell you they’re not native,” he told the newspaper.

“We don’t have those cockroaches here in the UK and we certainly don’t have them in north Wales.”

Mr Williams said the cockroaches would be in “every nook and cranny” of the celebrities’ bodies after taking on the challenges and that it was unrealistic to expect every single one to be found immediately afterwards.

He added that cockroaches were the “ultimate survivors” and that nobody knew what effect they would have if they escaped into the Welsh countryside.

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I ' m a Celebrity is being investigated by the police over claims ' non - native ' species may be being released The ITV show, which is usually filmed in the jungle in Australia, is being looked into by "We don't have those cockroaches here in the UK, and we certainly don't have them in north Wales ."

Police are investigating I ' m a Celebrity after Springwatch presenter Iolo Williams complained about the release of non - native wildlife into the Welsh The ITV programme is normally filmed in Australia where insects, reptiles and rodents are used to terrify the celebrity contestants in various challenges.

a castle on top of a building: This year’s series is taking place at Gwyrch Castle in Wales (Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty) © Provided by The i This year’s series is taking place at Gwyrch Castle in Wales (Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty)

ITV said that all of the insects used on I’m A Celebrity were non-invasive species.

“They are only ever released in a contained area and collected immediately after filming,” a spokesman said.

“The bugs are UK bred and are commercially purchased in the UK for birds and exotic animal feed for pets and zoo keepers in normal circumstances.

“Our insects have been donated to local wildlife sanctuaries, trusts and zoos for their exotic animal and bird feed after filming.”

‘Careful’ planning

Commenting on the issue during an appearance on BBC Breakfast, Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford said his government had worked “carefully” with the production company “to make sure all the rules are being observed”.

“If there have been some infringement then it’s right that they are investigated. We would be concerned about non-native species being released.”

He said that “viewers will have seen the stories from Denmark recently about mink and coronavirus crossing species.

“We wouldn’t want to see non-native species being released here in Wales because of the risks that that could pose to the health of other wildlife but potentially, as in the Danish situation, the risk to human health as well.”

A spokesman for North Wales Police told the Guardian: “The matter is being investigated by officers from our rural crime team.” i has contacted the force for comment.

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