Another day, another location, another criminal gamekeeper, another wildlife crime conviction, another shit sentence.
This time it’s gamekeeper Shaun Leslie Allanson (37), convicted of crow cage trap misuse on the Blansby Park Estate, nr Pickering, North Yorkshire.
Today at Scarborough Magistrates Court, this ‘professional’ pleaded guilty to intentionally taking a buzzard using a live pigeon in a cage trap on 28 Aug 2012, and using a cage trap with a live pigeon decoy between 31 Aug and 19 Sept.
His punishment? 120 hours community service and £85 costs. Wonder if he’s a member of the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation? We’ll do some asking….
There’s a fuller story in the Telegraph here.
Well done North Yorkshire Police and well done to the Natural England employee who first recognised the crow trap was being used illegally and releasing the buzzard to safety.