The trial of a gamekeeper accused of killing buzzards is due to begin this week almost a year to the day of the alleged offences.
On 12th January 2021 Nottinghamshire Police, working in partnership with the RSPB Investigations Team, attended a location in the Kneeton area following reports of concern (see here). A gamekeeper was later arrested and charged with the alleged killing of buzzards (here).
[Police attending the scene of a crow cage trap in January 2021. Photo via Nottingham Police]
The gamekeeper appeared in court in August and entered a plea of not guilty (see here) so a trial date was set for January 2022.
The trial is due to begin on Thurs 6th January 2022.
This is the 4th gamekeeper to be brought before the courts since November 2021 – the three others were all convicted of various offences including gamekeeper Shane Leech (33) in Suffolk (here), gamekeeper Peter Givens (53) in the Scottish Borders (here) and gamekeeper Hilton Prest (58) in Cheshire (here).
Please note, as this is a live case no further detail will be provided here until the case has concluded or there is official commentary from the court reporter. Comments on this particular blog also won’t be accepted until the case concludes so as not to prejudice proceedings. Thanks for your understanding.
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