Wild birds illegally sold

A man from Derby will be sentenced later at Chesterfield Magistrates Court after he was found guilty of illegally catching wild birds to sell.

Man guilty of illegally catching wild birds to be sentenced today

The captured birds were kept in cramped conditions
The captured birds were kept in cramped conditions Credit: Police footage

A man who was found guilty of illegally catching wild birds and selling them on for profit is due to be sentenced today.

Russell Yates kept dozens of birds in small cages at his house in Tibshelf.

The RSPCA found evidence of him making more than £1000 by trading the birds.

Dogs and pigeons were also found being kept in filthy conditions.

Russell Yates hid his face when he left court after being found guilty last month
Russell Yates hid his face when he left court after being found guilty last month Credit: ITV News Central

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Man guilty of illegally catching wild birds to sell

A man from Derbyshire who illegally caught and sold wild birds has been told he could go to prison.

Russell Yates kept dozens of birds in small cages at his house in Tibshelf.

The RSPCA found evidence of him making more than £1000 by trading the birds.

Dogs and pigeons were also found being kept in filthy conditions.

Yates pleaded guilty to the charges at Chesterfield Magistrates court and will be sentenced next month.

Carroll Lamport is an RSPCA Inspector.