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Ross-shire Massacre: 18 months on

sleeping policeman 2It’s been 18 months 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” (see here) – 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 to hear when the thousands of pounds worth of reward funds, that many of us donated, will be released by Police Scotland so that RSPB Scotland can redistribute them to support the work of their investigations team (see here).

Two months ago in July 2015 MSP Bill Kidd called on Police Scotland to tell the public more about the investigation (see here). We’re still waiting.

18 months on and still no arrests.

18 months on and still no charges.

18 months on and still no prosecution.

18 months on and still no conviction.

18 months on and still no justice.

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

Previous posts on the Ross-shire Massacre here.

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10 Responses to “Ross-shire Massacre: 18 months on”


  1. 1 Chris Roberts
    September 18, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Absolutely disgusting non progress by Police Scotland, also absolutely disgusting attitude, that they think themselves to important to even give a reply to requests from our elected representatives.

    On another note I have today received a reply from our British government with regard to banning driven grouse shooting. As usual nothing is being done, they re-empathise how important it is to our rural economy. Also that our birds of prey, such as red kites, are thriving and expanding their range. They need reminding just how badly our north of Scotland population are doing.

  2. 4 me
    September 18, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    As with most things that might involve a criminal act or other offence where it would be in the public intrest to convict a person for the crime or offence they have allegedly commited,of course that would depend on that
    person’s postion in our society,that is my opinion of course.
    So the way I see it we will have to wait for the person in this particular crime/offence to die in order to may be find out the truth.

  3. September 18, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    I’m sure that Sigma Aldrich would be happy to supply a list of locally based purchasers of Carbuforan in order to help the police with their enquiries, as they ensured me that there are stringent prodedures involved in supplying this banned (?) substance. You cant just smuggle this stuf through customs you know ! mmmmm…..

  4. 6 Les Wallace
    September 20, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    I know this doesn’t have any direct relevance to this post, but it does show what it’s all about, why we can’t let the shite win, and how much wildlife can bring into your life if it’s not blasted. Many thanks to ace wildlife photgrapher Keith Edmunds for letting me know about this video, please enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtARWKXEHeE

  5. 7 Jimmy
    September 21, 2015 at 12:46 am

    At this stage we need an investigation into the investigation!!

  6. 8 Mike Watts
    September 21, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    For me, if proof were needed this just amply demonstrates how meaningless the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act has proven to be and how corrupt our system of government is . One law for the rich, another for everybody else.

  7. 9 NorthernDiver
    September 28, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Just seen this video.


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