Whaley man charged with stealing peregrine eggs

A man has been charged with theft in connection with an incident in the spring where Peregrine Falcon eggs were allegedly stolen in the Peak District.

John Fenton, of Bridgemont, Whaley Bridge, was charged with the offence following an investigation by the Derbyshire Rural Crime Team and work by the RSPB.

It follows an incident in the Stoney Middleton area in May earlier this year.

Detective Constable Paul Flint of the Derbyshire Rural Crime Team said: “We take all reports of wildlife crime seriously and will seek to take action against offenders. This is a senseless crime and will not be tolerated. We would like to thank the RSPB for their support throughout.”

Peregrine Falcon

The 60-year-old is due to appear before magistrates at Chesterfield Justice Centre in February next year.

Peak District National Park chief executive Sarah Fowler said: “The peregrine falcon is one of the most iconic species we are fortunate enough to have make a home in our National Park, and crimes against these birds or any wildlife has no place in the Peak District. It is clear this case would not have resulted in charges without the dedication and perseverance of a number of people over many weeks and months. I hope these charges will send a clear message to anyone considering committing offences in our area that our eyes and ears out there, and the processes remain in place to see justice brought on those responsible.”

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