Gamekeeper Francis Addison receives suspended jail sentence in relation to five shot goshawks
Date of alert:
Monday, 3 July 2023
DNA LINKS PART-TIME GAMEKEEPER TO SHOT GOSHAWKS
At Norwich Magistrates’ court today, Frances Addison (72) a part-time gamekeeper of South Park, Weeting, pleaded guilty to 19 charges in connection with a multi-agency raptor persecution investigation led by Suffolk Police, including possession of five shot Goshawks.
The five birds were found dead together in Kings Forest, near Wordwell, Suffolk on 16 January 2023.
The incident was reported to Suffolk Police, who swabbed the birds at the scene for human DNA and then x-rayed them as part of their investigation. All five birds were found to contain multiple pieces of shot and remarkably a human DNA hit was registered from a swab of one of the bird’s legs.