The hearing into a Scottish millionairess’s bid to exclude her land from the country’s right-to-roam laws resumed yesterday.
Ann Gloag, the Stagecoach bus company magnate, wants to exclude the public, including walkers, runners and bikers from part of the Kinfauns Castle estate in Perthshire.
Yesterday, Perth Sheriff Court heard from security analyst Andrew Ashwood who said he found 47,000 articles (should be 47,001 after this – Ed) on the Internet relating to Mrs Gloag, but none contained threats against her. Mrs Gloag’s case in part rests on her need for increased security. He said: “There was nothing really threatening.
"I think you have to accept that as soon as someone does become prominent they do become a target."
Mr Ashwood told the court he was surprised there was no intruder-detection equipment on the seven-foot-high fence which has been erected on the estate.
Ex-Tayside Police crime prevention officer Donald Campbell said he visited Kinfauns Castle to assess the threat from intruders. He was told the fence had been put up to keep in Mrs Gloag’s grandchildren and pets.
Her head gardener Robert Isdale told Sheriff Michael Fletcher, who last week donned his wellies to make a personal visit to Kinfauns, that the trees described by the Ramblers Association as being of note were of little environmental importance. The association says the public is being denied access to rare examples of redwood and cypress.
In a further example of Mrs Gloag’s affinity for members of Her Majesty’s Press, the hearing was told how photographer Mark Anderson had been hired by her solicitors. He described how he used a long lens to take detailed pictures of people at the castle’s windows, from the point the Ramblers Association says should be open to access. He also admitted that one of his pictures had been taken from within the proposed line.
At a previous hearing, her PR advisor, a ‘reformed’ journalist called Jack Irvine, said she has to put up with intolerable intrusion by his former colleagues.
The case was adjourned to 27 November.
- grough’s in-depth investigations (yes, we typed Ann Gloag into Google) revealed 47,900 results. Is this a sign of Mrs Gloag’s growing fame?