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Keeper killed animals illegally; COURT.

Byline: DOUGLAS BARRIE

A gamekeeper who illegally killed wild birds, badgers and an otter has been sentenced to more than 200 hours of unpaid work.

Alan Wilson, 61, of Duns in the Borders, was sentenced at Jedburgh Sheriff Court after admitting nine charges.

He was convicted of killing three common buzzards, three badgers, two goshawks and an otter.

He was ordered to do 225 hours of unpaid work and given a restriction of liberty order requiring him to stay home between 9pm and 6am for 10 months.

The incidents took place between 2016 and 2017 on the Longformacus Estate in Duns. Other charges included setting illegal snares, possessing illegal pesticides and other devices designed to catch raptors. The Scottish Gamekeepers Association confirmed Wilson's membership would be terminated.

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Publication:The Press and Journal (Aberdeen,Scotland)
Date:Aug 20, 2019
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