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Scarborough Man Cautioned For Illegally Shooting Wild Birds

North Yorkshire Police Crest

Published at 12:46pm 16th April 2018 (Updated 1:13pm 16th April 2018)

A Scarborough man's been given a wildlife crime warning after illegally shooting wild birds.

The man, who's from Seamer, admitted shooting wild birds in his own and neighbouring gardens simply because he disliked being disturbed by the sound of their calls and songs. 

North Yorkshire Police received a report in March 2018 from local residents, after they found several dead birds in their garden and heard the sound of an air weapon being discharged nearby.

When interviewed by police, the man, in his 70s, said he believed he was within his rights to shoot the birds if they were causing a nuisance and disturbing him.

PC Graham Bilton, who is the wildlife crime officer for North Yorkshire Police in the Scarborough area, said:

"Members of the public need to be aware that all wild birds, active nests and eggs are protected within the UK, with very few exceptions which are strictly controlled under licence."

The man was issued with a police caution for killing non-Schedule 1 wild birds and firing an air weapon beyond his premises.

As a requirement of the caution, the man has had to dispose of the air rifle in question.

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