06
Jan
22

Gamekeeper pleads guilty to killing buzzards in Nottinghamshire

Further to the blog post on 4th January 2022 (here), a gamekeeper has pleaded guilty to five offences committed in Nottinghamshire in January 2021, including the illegal killing of two buzzards, the unlawful use of a trap, the unlawful possession of two stock doves and a firearms offence.

[Nottinghamshire Police visited the crime scene to collect evidence with the RSPB Investigations Team in January last year. Photo via Nottinghamshire Police Rural Crime Team]

His guilty plea means he has avoided a trial (and thus saved the court time) for which he’ll no doubt be rewarded when it comes to sentencing.

Sentencing has been deferred until later this month. I expect the full horror of his crimes, and his identity, to be publicised at that time. It’ll be interesting to see whether he has any ‘professional’ affiliations to any of the shooting organisations that claim to operate a ‘zero tolerance’ policy on raptor persecution.

A Raptor Forensic Fund, established in 2020 by Wild Justice to help provide financial support to police investigations into alleged raptor persecution crime, has played a part in this conviction.

This is the 4th gamekeeper to be convicted of wildlife crimes/raptor persecution since November 2021. The three others were gamekeeper Shane Leech (33) in Suffolk (here), gamekeeper Peter Givens (53) in the Scottish Borders (here) and gamekeeper Hilton Prest (58) in Cheshire (here).

Kudos to Nottinghamshire Police Rural Crime Team, the RSPB Investigations Team and the CPS for their hard work in securing this result. Excellent partnership working in action!


16 Responses to “Gamekeeper pleads guilty to killing buzzards in Nottinghamshire”


  1. 1 Sue
    January 6, 2022 at 4:53 pm

    I’m pleased that the Raptor Forensic Fund helped to bring a conviction but why is Wild Justice subsidising the police?

  2. 5 Alister J Clunas
    January 6, 2022 at 5:16 pm

    Well done to the multi-agency team including Nottinghamshire Police, RSPB and the Wild Justice Raptor Forensic Fund. Just the good news we need for the New Year.

  3. 6 Steve Macsweeney
    January 6, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    Do you know whether these guys are members of the NGO, and if so whether their memberships will be cancelled.

  4. 7 Peter Shearer
    January 6, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    These bad apples appear to be mounting up a bit!

  5. 9 Greengrass
    January 6, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Yet another criminal in that dastardly occupation.
    To all those mentioned in the last paragraph plus Wild Justice, a great big thank you.

  6. 10 Anon
    January 6, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    I’m looking forward to reading the letter of thanks to the police, RSPB and Wild Justice that I am sure the shooting organisations are busy writing at the moment.

  7. 11 Angus
    January 6, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    The cage trap has no shelter for the birds, thats a basic need, the call birds need to be well fed and given shelter, they dinna last long without it

  8. 12 oj55
    January 7, 2022 at 11:18 am

    Let’s hope that his punishment is a heavy fine and a long custodial sentence, but as you, most rightly, state, ‘His guilty plea means he has avoided a trial (and thus saved the court time) for which he’ll no doubt be rewarded when it comes to sentencing’ will mean its just another slap on the wrist and told not to be a naughty boy again. At least a non-trial will save the tax payer.
    Congratulations must go to all those various agencies who have managed to get this man convicted, let’s hope their efforts don’t go to waste.

  9. 13 Dougie
    January 7, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    “His guilty plea means he has avoided a trial” …………………….. and possibly avoided things being said in court that the criminals would not want heard.

  10. 14 Simon+Tucker
    January 7, 2022 at 12:45 pm

    No doubt the guilty plea is assuming that will buy him no jail time. What will be most interesting is who will pick up the bill for his legal representation, court costs and any fines imposed. That should be in the public domain: then we could see who is funding the criminals!

  11. 15 Saul McIntyre
    January 7, 2022 at 5:22 pm

    I’m sure Lord Botham and his ilk will be the first to congratulate the police on removing yet another bad apple. I await his response with baited breath


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