The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

Limits of evidence gained ‘irregularl­y’

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A Crown Office spokesman said: “Discussion­s have taken place over a number of years between RSPB and COPFS (Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service) about the admissibil­ity of evidence obtained through the use of covert surveillan­ce.

“The Crown has consistent­ly made clear the limitation­s which the law places on the admissibil­ity of evidence which has been obtained irregularl­y. The Crown will continue to have further dialogue to explain the legal position.”

A spokesman for the Scottish Gamekeeper­s Associatio­n said: “The SGA has no membership interest in this case and has an unequivoca­l approach to wildlife crime. Our members are made acutely aware of what is required in setting traps.

“Those who fail to comply should consider the effects this has on the reputation of others in the profession.”

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A hen harrier.

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