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Bird keeper faces prison; COURT.

A WILD birds club official has been warned he could be jailed after he admitted illegally keeping one of the UK's rarest species at his home.

Sean Fitzpatrick, honorary life vice-president of the National Council for Aviculture, pleaded guilty to owning 20 live red-backed shrikes and three stone chats. Most of the birds, which were found by the RSPCA, later died.

Fitzpatrick, 42, of Rotherham, also admitted to the town's magistrates illegally selling four red-backed shrikes. He will be sentenced later.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 9, 2009
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