Gamekeeper gets bird and a big bill

A Peak District gamekeeper has had his costs increased to £17,000 after losing an appeal case in which he accused the RSPB of framing him.

The Derbyshire gamekeeper, working on an estate within the Peak District National Park, lost the appeal this week against a previous conviction and sentence on seven charges. The charges related to the illegal use of a trap baited with a live pigeon in order to take birds of prey, the intentional taking of a Sparrowhawk and a number of animal welfare offences.

Glenn Brown was originally convicted of seven offences under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and Animal Welfare Act 2006 in June 2011 at Chesterfield Magistrates Court. He was initially sentenced to 100 hours community service and ordered to pay £10,000 costs; it is believed that the community service has already been served.

At a lengthy hearing at Derby Crown Court – which began on 3rd January – Brown’s defence brought a blistering attack against the integrity of the RSPB, claiming evidence had been planted to incriminate Brown. Judge Watson dismissed the appeal, commenting that all the RSPB staff were credible witnesses. Brown was ordered to pay a further £7,000 costs.

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