Two part-time gamekeepers convicted for trying to kill raptors

Two part-time gamekeepers in England have been convicted of trying to kill raptors with an illegal pole trap. Ivan Peter Crane, and his son, Ivan Mark Crane, were found guilty at Market Harborough Magistrates Court on 21 April 2011 following an investigation by Leceistershire Police, aided by the RSPB.

RSPB investigators discovered the pole trap in August 2010, set on a fencepost next to a pheasant-rearing pen. They undertook surveillance and filmed both men walking and driving past the trap. Lecistershire Police raided Astley Grange Farm, East Langton, Lecistershire, and seized the illegal trap. Both men initially denied any knowledge of the trap but later pleaded guilty in court.

Crane (senior) was fined £1,000 and Crane (junior) was fined £500. Both were ordered to pay £80 costs. Crane (senior) was further fined £2,000 in relation to the illegal and unsafe storage of pesticides on the farm.

Well done to Leceistershire Police and RSPB for securing a conviction.

Full story: http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/blogs/investigations/archive/2011/05/04/caught-on-camera.aspx


2 Responses to “Two part-time gamekeepers convicted for trying to kill raptors”

  1. 1 nirofo
    May 5, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    You didn’t make this up, did you? If you didn’t here may be hope yet !!!


  2. 2 Dave Dick
    May 6, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Sometimes, just sometimes we get a good result!

    Well done all round. Nice surveillance photo too…

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