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Bordon man fined for wildlife offences

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Bordon man fined for wildlife offences

Published at 11:46am 6th December 2018. (Updated at 1:07pm 6th December 2018)

A man from Bordon has been fined for a second time for damaging the habitat of a protected species.

83 year old John De Benham-Crosswell, of South Hay Lane, pleaded guilty at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court on Tuesday (December 4) to damaging or destroying a breeding site or resting place of a great crested newt.

It happened between September 26 2016 and November 30 2017 at the Selborne Brickworks site in Honey Lane, Alton.

Work on any site containing a protected species would need to be carried out in accordance with a licence from Natural England, but in this case, there was no valid licence.

De Benham-Crosswell, who owns the site, was fined £1,200, and ordered to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £120.

He was fined in October 2016 for similar offences.

Hampshire Constabulary's Country Watch team worked closely with Natural England, the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust, Hampshire County Council and specialist prosecutors to bring this case to court.

Country Watch officer PC Lynn Owen said:

"This case shows that we will work with our partners to take action against anyone contravening wildlife regulations.

"These safeguards are in place to protect specific species and it is so important that land owners and businesses check the regulations before carrying out any work."

Jim Foster, Conservation Director at the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust, said:

"Sadly we are losing great crested newt populations across the country through habitat damage, even though this is illegal.

"It is good to see the law being upheld in this case thanks to the determined action of Hampshire Constabulary."



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