Gamekeeper charged over wild birds

A gamekeeper on a Norfolk country estate has been charged with illegally killing wild birds

Allen Lambert, 64, who lives and works on the Stody Estate, has been charged with a string of offences including killing buzzards, a sparrow hawk and a tawny owl.

It is understood he had been employed as gamekeeper on the estate for more than 20 years.

Nobody from the estate was available to comment.

He will appear before King's Lynn magistrates on Thursday charged with killing 16 wild birds, including 14 buzzards, one sparrow hawk and a tawny owl.

He is also accused of failure to comply with a firearms certificate, possession of nine buzzards, and four counts of possession and storage of banned poisons and pesticides.

All of the charges related to alleged offences between January and April.

Lambert is currently on conditional police bail.