Part of the Capital’s historic First World War trenches have been damaged by botched flood defence works. A channel was dug through one of the training trenches at Redford Woods in Colinton to provide an outlet for water from a nearby stream.

The works also saw a manhole covered up, resulting in the blocked drain discharging into the Braid Burn against SEPA regulations. It comes amid a campaign backed by the Evening News to see the nearby Dreghorn trenches, which are part of the same network, preserved.

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