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