Earlier this year Derbyshire Constabulary reported the theft of peregrine eggs from three different nests in the Peak District National Park (see here).
[Photograph by Barb Baldinger]
Ten days ago the police wrote on Facebook that an unnamed man had been charged in connection with the egg theft and also for a firearms offence. The suspect was identified after the RSPB had filmed an individual robbing one of the nests (see here).
This afternoon Derbyshire Constabulary issued a more formal statement on its website, as follows:
Man charged for theft of Peregrine Falcon eggs
A man has been charged with theft in connection with an incident in the spring where Peregrine Falcon eggs were allegedly stolen in the Peak District.
John Fenton, of Bridgemont, Whaley Bridge, was charged with the offence following an investigation by the Derbyshire Rural Crime Team and work by the RSPB.
It follows an incident in the Stoney Middleton area in May earlier this year.
Detective Constable Paul Flint of the Derbyshire Rural Crime Team said: “We take all reports of wildlife crime seriously and will seek to take action against offenders. This is a senseless crime and will not be tolerated. We would like to thank the RSPB for their support throughout.”
The 60-year-old is due to appear before magistrates at Chesterfield Justice Centre in February next year.
As this is a live prosecution no comments will be published until criminal proceedings have ended.
UPDATE 20th February 2021: Trial date set as man pleads not guilty to theft of peregrine eggs in Peak District National Park (here)