A man is will appear in court on Friday, January 20th, 2012 to face a charge of intentionally injuring a wild bird, namely a common buzzard, on the Isle of Wight.
John Winn Roberts, aged 43, of Woodend Meadow, Ballymagorry, Strabane, Northern Ireland, was arrested by police on November 26, 2011 for the suspected offence at a quarry on St. George’s Down, Newport, Isle of Wight on the same day (November 26, 2011).
He was charged on January 4th, 2012 following an investigation led by Isle of Wight-based Hampshire Constabulary Country Watch and wildlife crime officer PC Nick Massey.
Police are grateful for the support and assistance of the RSPCA’s Isle of Wight Inspector Mark Buggie, and the management of aggregates / construction material supply business ‘Bardon Vectis’, which runs the quarry where the alleged offence took place.
The buzzard is fully protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, which makes it an offence to kill, injure or take a buzzard, or to take, damage or destroy an active nest or its contents.
Mr Roberts remains on bail until Friday (January 20, 2012) when he is due to appear at the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court.
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