A young man who stole live kestrel chicks from a Doncaster tourist attraction has been given a community order by the town’s magistrates.
Jason Frost, 27, admitted intentionally taking the young birds from their nest on a window ledge of the 12th century Conisbrough Castle on the afternoon of June 13, contravening the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act.
Frost was placed under supervision for a year and was also given an electronic tag curfew to be at his home in Cedar Avenue, Mexbroough, for six weeks from 7pm to 7am.
He also admitted an offence of criminal damage when he broke a window to get to the nest, and was ordered to pay £50 compensation and a victim surcharge of £60.
Frost had originally denied taking the birds but his change iof plea to guilty was taken into account by the court.
The birds, a protected species, had become a popular attraction at the English Heritage owned castle in the weeks after the nest was built.
At the time English Heritage described the theft as ‘very disappointing and sad’ and it drew criticism from users on the castle’s Facebook page.