A tribute to Police Supt Nick Lyall & his work to protect birds of prey

For new blog readers, Police Supt Nick Lyall is the current Chair of the Raptor Persecution Priority Delivery Group (RPPDG), a partnership approach to tackling the illegal persecution of birds of prey in England & Wales.

He’s been in post for just over a year. As we’ve written previously, when Nick took on the role the RPPDG was nothing more than a pantomime of so-called partnership, having achieved precisely nothing towards tackling illegal raptor persecution despite years and years of meetings, mainly because the group membership was dominated by representatives of the game-shooting industry who took every opportunity to frustrate any attempt to change the status quo. This wasn’t helped by a succession of weak Chairs who either didn’t have the interest or drive to bring about change. This ‘Priority Delivery Group’ was neither a priority nor a delivery group – it was simply a sham group the game-shooting industry, and Government, could point to to pretend they were addressing raptor crime.

Although there is still a lot more to do, Nick’s achieved a massive amount in 12 months, much of it behind the scenes including some highly significant meetings with, let’s call them, ‘well known sporting agents’. There is no doubt whatsoever that the game shooting industry as a whole is feeling the heat, partly thanks to Nick’s efforts.

We wanted to pay tribute to Nick and thank him for his work (which, remember, is done in his own time and has to be fitted in around a demanding job and a busy family life) so one summer afternoon in a Dorset pub garden a secret plan was hatched. It was felt fitting to buy a cheap imitation of Nick’s famously ridiculous rapper coat and make a rap video featuring some of his colleagues and supporters up and down the country.

Massive thanks to everyone who agreed to participate, special thanks to Ruth Peacey for her production skills and thanks, Nick, we appreciate your dedication.

With apologies to Tinie Tempah.

Happy Xmas!

UPDATE 14 January 2020: This should be blindingly obvious but apparently it needs spelling out, so, for the avoidance of doubt, the text of this blog reflects the view of its author (Dr Ruth Tingay) and her view is not necessarily shared by any of the 30+ video contributors. Also to be clear, participation in this video does not indicate support or otherwise for the views published on this blog. Contributors agreed to participate in the video for the sole purpose of paying tribute to the work of Supt Nick Lyall.

UPDATE 21 January 2020: Countryside Alliance in vindictive attack on police chief’s integrity (here)

UPDATE 3 February 2020: Daily Mail forced to apologise for publishing defamatory ‘extremist’ slur (here)



8 Responses to “A tribute to Police Supt Nick Lyall & his work to protect birds of prey”

  1. 1 Janet Hoptroff
    December 24, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Brilliant, just brilliant!! Well done Nick Lyall… not to mention the inspirational red rapper coat brigade… Wow, what Starsl!!

    Happy Christmas all !! Here’s to a successful crime-free new year!!!

  2. December 24, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Wait, i’m going to get the popcorn.

  3. 3 Jill Willmott!
    December 24, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    Brilliant! Keep up the good work Nick!

  4. 4 Les Wallace
    December 24, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    I suspect those taking part in this TWO RUTHS production had as much fun making it as we did watching it. Very well done Nick, Merry Xmas and the same to RPUK!

  5. 5 Nimby
    December 24, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    Thank you Nick Lyall but massive thank you to the tireless work of Ruth, Mark, Chris, all at Leigh Day and so many others who have not weakened in their dedication to holding to account those who regard themselves above the law. Here’s to 2020 and more reckonings ….

  6. January 21, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    The Countryside Alliance did not turn up for the meeting of the RPPDG in January 2019, chaired by Nick Lyall. It is not unreasonable to suppose that they refused to attend because Superintendent Lyall had held meetings with people who were against Wildlife crime, and he had indicated that he wished to hold serious meetings. I see this attack on Chief Inspector Lou Hubble (head of the National Wildlife Crime Unit) as a continuation of their anger. She is not identified in the video, which also has contribution from many other people, also not identified. If it had even been slightly mocking of the CA and their allies there my have been a cause for complaint. It was described as a fun tribute to NIck Lyall, but some people such as the CA, see the fun side of nothing. Shame on them and the Daily Mail, not a police officer prepared to contribute.

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