Man in court for harming birds of prey in ‘largest English raptor persecution case’

10th May 2022 A 21-year-old Wiltshire man is due in court for deliberately harming legally protected British birds of prey in what is being called ‘potentially the largest English raptor persecution case in terms of numbers of victims.’ Raptor persecution is the illegal shooting, trapping and poisoning of birds of prey like peregrine falcons, red …

Police probe traps baited with live pigeons on Norfolk estate

9th May 2022 A police investigation is under way into whether live pigeons were used as bait to kill birds of prey on a Norfolk estate. Officers went to the Hilborough House estate belonging to William van Cutsem, 42, a close friend of Prince William and godfather to Prince George, as part of a probe …

Gamekeeper convicted for animal cruelty in relation to badger baiting

From Raptor Persecution UK 6th May 2022 Millden Estate (Angus Glens) gamekeeper convicted for animal cruelty in relation to badger baiting The long-running criminal case against a gamekeeper from Millden Estate in the Angus Glens was partially completed yesterday. Rhys Davies, 28, pleaded guilty at Forfar Sheriff Court to a number of offences relating to …

Police officer, gamekeeper & son in court for peregrine theft case

18th February 2022 Three people appeared in court last week charged with a number of offences in relation to alleged peregrine theft in the Scottish Borders. Serving police officer WPC Suzanne Hall, 43, part-time gamekeeper Timothy Hall, 46, and their 21-year-old son, Lewis Hall, all from Lamberton Holdings in Berwick-upon-Tweed. They are accused of breaching …

MP who said eagles not welcome in constituency received funds from shooting estate

15th February 2022 West Dorset MP Chris Loder caused outrage when he seemed to imply police should not prioritise eagle death A Conservative MP who said eagles are not welcome in his constituency had his election campaign funded by a shooting estate, the Guardian can reveal. The West Dorset MP, Chris Loder, caused outrage when …

Gamekeeper who beat two buzzards to death given suspended jail sentence

Good 5 minute video from Channel 4 News - The report starts with distressing footage of animal cruelty. https://www.channel4.com/news/gamekeeper-who-beat-two-buzzards-to-death-given-suspended-jail-sentence Hunting is a multi-million pound industry. People pay handsomely to hunt grouse, pheasants and other game. But keeping their numbers up risks creating an incentive to keep the numbers of their predators down. The problem? Many …

WTF???? – Gamekeeper who beat trapped buzzards to death avoids jail

Press release from RSPB, 28th January 2022 Keeper caught on camera killing buzzards A gamekeeper has been sentenced to a total of 20 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for 12 months and fined £1000 after pleading guilty to killing two buzzards on land managed for pheasant shooting after an investigation by Nottinghamshire Police and the RSPB. Shocking …

Trial of gamekeeper accused of killing buzzards

A Nottinghamshire gamekeeper is set to appear in court this week after being accused of killing buzzards. After being arrested on suspicion of killing the birds of prey in the Kneeton area in January last year, his trial will begin tomorrow (Thursday, January 6).

Three Month Suspended Jail Sentence for the Possession of two dead Buzzards

Date Released: Thursday, October 21, 2021 A County Laois man has been given a three month suspended prison sentence for the possession of two dead Buzzards, which were found strung up on his land. On Friday the 15th of October, at Portlaoise District Court, Mr. Desmond Crawford, Roskelton, Mountrath, Co. Laois pleaded guilty to the …