It’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.