A Derby-based property developer has been ordered to pay a total of £14,435.17 in a prosecution brought by Natural England for breaching the conditions of a European Protected Species Bat Mitigation Licence. On 4 September 2023 at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court, Patrick Weekes, aged 55, of Radbourne Construction Limited, Vernongate, Derby, pleaded guilty to four […]
In a joint operation by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Gwent Police, a man from the Vale of Glamorgan has been successfully prosecuted for destroying a valuable wildlife habitat that was home to the critically endangered Great Crested Newts. After pleading guilty in court, the Magistrates ordered Mr Van Praag to pay £1,905 in fines, […]
Officers from police forces across England and Wales have been taking part in a new Forensics training programme on wildlife crime scenes. Trainers from the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) and the Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime (PAW)’s Forensic Working Group have devised a one day programme where police officers and Crime Scene […]
Police in Northern Ireland are investigating the circumstances following the discovery of two dead white-tailed eagles, in the Glenhead Road area of Ballymena on Monday, 15th May. Police Service of Northern Ireland Lead for Rural and Wildlife Crime, Superintendent McDowell said: “A report was made to police shortly before 2pm on Monday , after the […]
As part of the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s ongoing commitment to combat Rural and Wildlife Crime, PSNI will be raising awareness of crime prevention measures during a five-week long policing operation, running from Wednesday 10th May – Sunday 18th June. The operation titled Operation Subrision, will ensure that resources are deployed across all districts […]
In Dec 2019, the Met Police Wildlife Crime Unit received intelligence from UK Border Force, via the National Wildlife Crime Unit, regarding the seizure of a postal package containing an object believed carved from elephant ivory that was destined for export to China. Notification was given of a further two seizures made by Border Force […]
Operation EASTER ~ 26 years of stopping egg thieves and egg collectors The national enforcement campaign to protect our nesting wild birds is underway for 2023. Egg thieves will go to any lengths to raid the nests of rare wild birds. Operation EASTER is determined to stop them in their tracks. The taking of wild […]
Nathan LEWIS of Itton, Monmouthshire appeared before Newport Magistrates court today 10th March 2023 to answer a charge of damaging or destroying a breeding site or resting place of European protected species, Dormice, Slow Worms, Grass Snakes, Bats, Great Crested Newts and Badgers at the former MOD Training Centre in Caerwent. LEWIS pleaded guilty following […]
Simon STONE appeared before Newport Magistrates court on 8th March 2023 representing his company Crownhill Topsoils Limited who are based at Ifton Quarry in Rogiet. STONE pleaded guilty following a successful collaboration between Gwent Police and Natural Resources Wales. In June 2022, an employee of Crownhill Topsoils Limited excavated the site using plant machinery despite […]
Two men have been ordered to pay more than £12,000 after appearing in court charged with hare coursing offences under new laws. Darren Lee, 26, and Ronnie Doherty, 21, were the first people to be convicted in Lincolnshire under new and tougher legislation introduced in August last year. The pair were ordered to pay an […]
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