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Nrothfleet man arrested accused of trapping live wild birds

PUBLISHED: 12:59 25 March 2013 | UPDATED: 12:59 25 March 2013

It is alleged live goldfinches were used as decoys

It is alleged live goldfinches were used as decoys

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A Northfleet man has been arrested on suspicion of trapping live wild birds.

The Kent Police Rural Partnership, in conjunction with the RSPCA, carried out a Wildlife and Countryside Act warrant on March 14 at an address in Waterdales after receiving intelligence that wild birds were being intentionally trapped using live goldfinches as decoys.

A 48-year-old male was found at the property and arrested on suspicion of wildlife offences, theft by finding and possessing ammunition without a certificate, while items including wild birds and trapping equipment were seized from the address.

He has been bailed pending further investigation until 8 April.

Bird trapping is the process of capturing wild birds. There are strict regulations governing this procedure.

PC Steven Coveney said: “Trapping wild birds and the trade of illegally captured wild birds without regard to regulation is an extremely serious offence. It can cause distress, injuries and death to the birds when done without professional knowledge or equipment.

“Animal cruelty is something Kent Police and the RSPCA do not take lightly.”

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