Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cage Traps Could Have Been Used to Snare Birds

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cage Traps Could Have Been Used to Snare Birds

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A MAN has been convicted of possessing equipment to trap wild birds.

John Dugdale, who has an aviary at his County Durham home, was found to have two caged traps which were kept in a bin bag inside a locked wardrobe.

The RSPCA and police searched the 50-year-old's home, in Shafto Street, Spennymoor, on August 13 last year.

Dugdale, who has 20 previous convictions for similar offences, yesterday told Darlington Magistrates' Court how he had bought the cages from his brother for pounds 30. However, he said he hadn't used them and they were simply for transporting birds.

Kevin Campbell, prosecuting, described Dugdale as an "experienced and well acquainted bird trapper."

The traps, which were displayed to magistrates, contained two compartments with perches which turned into trapdoors when a bird landed on them.

Inspector Cliff Harrison, a member of the RSPCA's investigations unit specialising in wild bird trapping, said a "decoy" bird would be placed in the cage with food and water in order to lure other birds. …

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