Man set traps to catch birds

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A BOLSOVER man has been given a four-month prison sentence, suspended for two years for a number of bird welfare and wildlife offences between July and September 2010.

Malcolm Spencer, 67, of New Bolsover, Bolsover, pleaded guilty to 34 offences under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and also the Animal Welfare Act.

It follows an investigation by police and the RSPCA which revealed that Spencer had set traps for wild birds, tampered with bird rings and kept birds in poor conditions.

He was found with 61 live birds, including two Yellowhammers, a Chaffinch, Bramlings, Bulfinches, Siskins, Mealy Redpolls, Lesser Redpolls, Goldfinches and two Greenfinches. Spencer was also ordered to pay £1,800 costs by magistrates at North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates Court.