Ross-shire Massacre: one year on

RK7It’s been one year since the corpses of 22 birds of prey (16 red kites and 6 buzzards) were found in a small area around Conon Bridge in the Highlands.

We know that 16 of these birds were illegally poisoned (12 red kites & 4 buzzards). Still no word on the other six victims.

Still no word on the type of poison used, although Police Scotland did eventually admit that it was an “illegally-held poisonous substance” (see here). Carbofuran is suspected by many of us (see here).

The details of this illegal mass poisoning have still been deliberately excluded from the quarterly SASA reports – the Government reports that are supposed to inform us about recent illegal poisoning crimes in Scotland.

Police Scotland still maintains that the birds “were most likely not targeted deliberately but instead were the victims of pest control measures” – even though they can’t possibly know this unless they have a suspect who has given a full confession.

We’re still waiting to hear whether MSP Dave Thompson’s request, back in November 2014, for a review of Police Scotland’s handling of this investigation will be undertaken (see here).

We’re still waiting for the thousands of pounds worth of funds, that many of us donated, to be released by Police Scotland so that RSPB Scotland can redistribute them to support the work of their investigations team (see here).

Twelve months on and still no arrests.

Twelve months on and still no charges.

Twelve months on and still no prosecution.

Twelve months on and still no conviction.

Twelve months on and still no justice.

Twelve months on and still no confidence in Police Scotland’s ability to solve this appalling crime.

Previous posts on the Ross-shire Massacre here.

14 Responses to “Ross-shire Massacre: one year on”

  1. 1 jason fisher
    March 19, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    sometimes the wheels grind so slowly. you’d think it were in india,.though of course india suffers from widespread corruption and the effects of the caste system which can at times protect people from justice. so obviously nothing like here

    • March 19, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      Strange that you should make such a comparison. Corruption can’t possibly happen here! We have such prominent and upstanding people that own the shooting estates, no it can’t be them????? Can it???

  2. 3 Marco McGinty
    March 19, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Well put, RPS, and a perfect example of why the SSPCA should be given more powers to investigate wildlife crimes.

    If Police Scotland do not believe that this was a deliberate, criminal act, with the sole aim of killing protected wildlife, then they it is patently clear that certain elements within their own organisation are corrupt beyond belief. How can they expect the public to have any faith in them whatsoever, when they stubbornly stick to this ridiculous claim, and have failed in every aspect of this case?

  3. 4 Chris Roberts
    March 19, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Primarily because of this case I have no faith in Police Scotland with regard to wildlife crime. as Marco states, we most definatly need the SSPCA to be fully involved in investigating this sort of crime.

    I personally believe that the police know who did this, but for some reason don’t wish to prosecute. Even if, as they claim, it was an accidental poisoning, then the culprit should still face charges, even if only for using illegally held substances. I can only assume that they are to important for that to happen.

    The authorities are obviously hoping that this will eventually fade from the publics mind, but thankfully due to RPS and its contributors, this will never happen.

    • March 19, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      Both the SSPCA and RSPB Scotland were involved, at least with the initial investigation. However, Police Scotland took the lead. Nothing wrong with that, as long as they do a good job.

      The ludicrous press statement about this being a ‘non-deliberate’ act came from Police Scotland alone. Presumably, the decision not to name the banned poison was also Police Scotland’s call.

      • 6 Alex Milne
        March 19, 2015 at 6:27 pm

        Perhaps SSPCA and RSPB were involved initially, as you say, but even more telling is the statement from the police that the statement was issued (as also extracted from your earlier blog) :
        “in combination with a number of other agencies who are active in this field and who supported the press release that we put out. ”
        I wonder which agencies that could have been?
        I wonder if these agencies are active in the field of detection of wildlife crimes, or perhaps their members are even more closely involved?
        I can’t say I’m unhappy that the police statements clarify the position of some of the police on wildlife crime, but I really wish it were not so, and that they really took this crime seriously.

  4. 7 nirofo
    March 19, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Whilst it is fairly well known among certain circles who was resposible for the heinous crime of deliberately poisoning 22 legally protected birds of prey, it’s not so well known why the police have decided to protect this person/s with the ridiculous statement that they were not deliberately targeted? Of course they were deliberately targeted, why else would banned poisonous substances have been used, and although the police have not officially revealed the type of poison that was used to the media, the information is known to certain interested parties, in fact according to a statement made by the Vice President of the RSPB, the poison used was Carbofuran. If the police have a particularly good legitimate reason for protecting this person/s against criminal prosecution it would be in their own interest to tell people the nature of the legitimate good reason and justify it if they can!

    It is already widely believed that this is just another one in the long line of police cover-ups (read corruption) that are rife in this country. These cover-ups are now being revealed on an almost daily basis as people become more and more politically and media savvy to the behind the scenes old boys act and string pulling that takes place between their illustrious government officials, senior police officers and members of our once esteemed and so-called justice system.

  5. 8 I C T
    March 19, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Looks like the police are covering up for some body. Very disturbing.

  6. March 19, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    So if I accidently kill someone while driving, will the outcome be judged on this precedent. I don’t think so! How 22 birds can be accidently poisoned is questionable and as others have suggested, it makes you think someone is being protected.

  7. March 21, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Hard to believe it has been a year and there has been no conviction, but then it’s hard to believe this sort of thing still goes on at all. Thank you for continuing to highlight this issue and helping to maintain the pressure to see an end to it. Here are some of my thoughts on the subject: https://janiceduke.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/their-lives-matter/

  8. 13 Les Wallace
    March 21, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Bumped into an MSP this morning we got talking about Raptor Persecution and yes fully agreed there is obvious reluctance to push too hard on land owners and fines are derisory. Landowners have undue influence in supposedly democratic society – not news, but important to have that confirmed by MSP. Be really good if a few said this publicly.

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