Gamekeeper admits killing birds of prey
Date of alert:
Wednesday, 5 October 2022
A Weeting gamekeeper appeared in court today Wednesday 5 October 2022 and admitted shooting and poisoning several birds of prey.
Matthew Stroud, age 46, of Fengate in Weeting, appeared at Norwich Magistrates’ Court today (Wednesday 5 October 2022) and admitted:
Three counts of using poisoned bait on or before 19 August 2021 and 14 September 2021.
Six counts of killing a Common Buzzard (a non-Schedule 1 wild bird) at Weeting between 10 August and 14 September 2021.
One count of intentionally killing a Northern Goshawk (a Schedule 1 wild bird) at Weeting on or about 10 August 2021.
One count of possessing a regulated substance - Strychnine Hydrochloride – without a licence on 14 September 2021.
One count of possessing 4 shotguns to kill a Schedule 1 wild bird on 14 September 2021.
One count of releasing 3,400 Common Pheasants into the wild between 1 June and 14 September 2021 contrary to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
One count of incorrectly storing a biocidal product – Rentokil Phostoxin – on 14 September 2021 contrary to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.