OAP be­hind theft of 5,000 bird eggs is fac­ing prison

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY SAM RUS­SELL

A MAN who il­le­gally col­lected more than 5,000 rare bird eggs has been warned he is fac­ing jail.

Daniel Ling­ham (65) was re­ported to po­lice by a mem­ber of the pub­lic who saw him “headto-toe in cam­ou­flage gear” pick­ing eggs up off the ground at Caw­ston Heath in Nor­folk, Nor­wich Mag­is­trates Court heard.

Co­lette Harper, pros­e­cut­ing, said of­fi­cers at­tended and stopsearched him on May 21.

Eggs were found un­der his bed and in the kitchen and liv­ing room dur­ing a search of his home.

Ms Harper said of­fi­cers found a to­tal of 5,266 eggs of species in­clud­ing nightin­gales, tur­tle doves, chif­fchaffs, wood­larks and king­fish­ers.

Ling­ham, of New­ton St Faith in Nor­folk, ad­mit­ted five of­fences un­der the Wildlife and Coun­try­side Act 1981.

Chair­man of the bench Jeanne Heal, ad­journ­ing for a pre-sen­tence re­port, warned Ling­ham: “We’re look­ing at a quite lengthy cus­to­dial sen­tence.”

He was bailed to ap­pear at Nor­wich Mag­is­trates Court on Novem­ber 27.

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