A Wiltshire gamekeeper has been sentenced after he was found in possession of dead buzzards, red kites and a herring gull. On 1st June 2022, Archie Watson, 21, was ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order for being in possession of five dead buzzards, three red […]
A farmer pleaded guilty to cockfighting and other animal offences and was banned from owning cockerels and dogs for 10 years. Jack William Haskell, from Wareham, Dorset, was charged after police raided a property and seized a phone with a video of him involved in cockfighting. Another video showed a fox being attacked by a […]
Archie James Watson, a 21 year old gamekeeper/farm worker from Pewsey has been summoned to appear before Swindon Magistrates Court on Wednesday 25 May at 10am, on 6 charges under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and 3 Firearms Offences. The case has been brought after almost two years of detailed investigation and forensic analysis in […]
A joint initiative to tackle hare coursing across the East of England has led to the first person to be fined for breaching a Community Protection Notice (CPN) served under the scheme. Sydney Samuels, 33, of Oxford Gardens, Maidstone, was handed a £400 fine when he appeared at Medway Magistrates’ Court on 19 May 2022. […]
A protected bird of prey found dead in a ditch had been shot and then glued to a bamboo stick, police have said. The sparrowhawk, which had been killed with a pellet gun, was dumped in a drainage ditch inside a plastic bag in Thorne, near Doncaster. It was discovered by a member of the […]
Police have carried out searches at several locations this week (27 May 2022) in connection with suspected raptor persecution and poisoning of birds of prey. Officers from Durham and Northumbria attended the addresses across the two force areas following information received from the public. Suspicious substances were seized from some of the locations and taken […]
Police have advised dog walkers to keep their pets on a lead in a forest in case they are poisoned. Dorset Police said a dead buzzard was found in the Ashmore area of Dorset, though its cause of death is yet to be determined. The poisoning of three white-tailed eagles was also investigated by police earlier this […]
More than £60k has been seized from a man in Derby who illegally traded in the ivory from elephants killed by poachers between the 1970s and 1990s. Ngie Law, of London Road, was convicted in August 2021 of 18 different counts of buying, selling, and possessing the ivory goods without a permit, and fraudulently evading […]
Officers are appealing for information after a protected bird of prey was found shot in woodland at Mominail, near Ladybank, Fife. The dead buzzard was found by a member of the public in the morning of Sunday, 9 April, 2022. Wildlife crime liaison officer, Detective Constable Ben Pacholek, said: “It is sad and disappointed to […]
The Council of the City and County of Cardiff were reported to Natural Resources Wales for destroying a known habitat for Dormice, a European Protected Species at the Northern Meadows site in Whitchurch, Cardiff during 2021. The area was cleared to ground level and replanted with fruit trees. No European Protected Species (EPS) licence was […]
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