Former police officer stole rare bird eggs in New Forest

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A FORMER policeman has admitted illegally stealing rare wild bird eggs from the New Forest.

Former officer Michael Upson pleaded guilty to possessing 650 wild bird eggs which he collected when he was still a serving officer, the RSPB said.

A search of the 52-year-old's house eggs of protected species such as woodlark, Cetti's warbler and marsh harrier, the charity said.

Upson pleaded guilty to possessing the eggs at Norwich Magistrates' Court following a joint investigation by his old force Suffolk Police, Norfolk Police and the RSPB.

Notebooks found at the house documented Upson's egg collecting trips with others around the UK.

On one occasion they showed he went to the Forest to take hawfinch eggs. Hawfinch is a red list species, which means it is of the highest conservation concern, the charity said.

The RSPB said the birds are now mostly restricted to England and they have declined in many areas.

Upson, from Suffolk, claimed to have stopped egg collecting, and the evidence found indicates that he was active between at least 1991 and 2001, the charity said.

Mark Thomas, RSPB investigations officer, said: ''That a police officer should knowingly break the law in pursuit of this obsession is shocking, and we welcome his conviction.''

The egg collection was found in an old suitcase in Upson's loft, along with hundreds of egg data cards, which he had faked to suggest the collection was old.

The notebooks found in a plastic container hidden in the water tank in the loft gave the accurate details of when the eggs were taken, in full written accounts, according to the RSPB.

He was given a 14 week sentence suspended for 12 months and must pay £120 in legal costs and must complete 150 hours of unpaid work in the community.

Magistrate Eamon Lambert, said: “Your actions had a marked effect on the bird population and a serious impact on the environment.”

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9:08am Fri 26 Oct 12

8089 says...

Disgusting crime! Bet he''ll just get a slap on the wrists. These bastards need to be very very heavily fined. Sneaky, evil little sh*t!
Disgusting crime! Bet he''ll just get a slap on the wrists. These bastards need to be very very heavily fined. Sneaky, evil little sh*t! 8089

11:00am Fri 26 Oct 12

bazzeroz says...

Read through the story and correct the grammar Mr Echo. Top paper my arse.
Read through the story and correct the grammar Mr Echo. Top paper my arse. bazzeroz

9:39pm Fri 26 Oct 12

Paramjit Bahia says...

Considering this scum bag served in police what possible excuse he could make for not knowing the law? Or while in the police he learnt how to break it as criminal in uniform?

Sadly this guy is not on his own, there are plenty of other rotten eggs within the police and they keep on bringing bad name for whole of their profession, which thankfully still has majority who are doing their job, and they have to face humiliation because of the crimes committed by likes of this one.

Decent men and women in the police, which are the majority, should stop their institutional weakness of keep on making excuses for the bent ones within their fraternity…… and courts should also start taking some meaningful action when those who should know better are caught misbehaving by their decent and honest colleagues to be put in front of the judges. (another supposedly most respectable profession with plenty of freemasons in it)

With the elections of Police and Crime Commissioners coming up we the people should also think carefully before voting. Because two main parties in Hampshire have fielded candidates with weird record.

In fairness to them even many Tories have publically expressed their concern about their party’s candidate Michael Mates, because of his friendship with Nadir who has been found guilty of multi million pound fraud.

NuLabour’s candidate Southampton Councillor Jacqui Rayment is on record to have admitted in the Council that she was the one who casually signed off statement full of lies about the health of Cllr. Keith Morrell.

On the protector of Jimmy Savile BBC’s web site the NuLabour candidate is also quoted as the only candidate with ‘hands on experience’. Admittedly it does not say hands on what??? But assuming she has referred to her experience as Chair of Hampshire Police Authority, that claim could be false. Because according to same page there is another candidate who is also former Chairman of the same Police Authority.

So if we really want decent police, then we the people should also vote for proper and suitable person for the top job. (Which has been forced upon us by the parliament trying to ape politicised police of USA) We should avoid likes of Mates who were associate with murky characters and likes of NuLabour’s candidate Jacqui Rayment with record of casually signing off false statement and misleading by falsely claiming to be the only one with hands on experience.
Considering this scum bag served in police what possible excuse he could make for not knowing the law? Or while in the police he learnt how to break it as criminal in uniform? Sadly this guy is not on his own, there are plenty of other rotten eggs within the police and they keep on bringing bad name for whole of their profession, which thankfully still has majority who are doing their job, and they have to face humiliation because of the crimes committed by likes of this one. Decent men and women in the police, which are the majority, should stop their institutional weakness of keep on making excuses for the bent ones within their fraternity…… and courts should also start taking some meaningful action when those who should know better are caught misbehaving by their decent and honest colleagues to be put in front of the judges. (another supposedly most respectable profession with plenty of freemasons in it) With the elections of Police and Crime Commissioners coming up we the people should also think carefully before voting. Because two main parties in Hampshire have fielded candidates with weird record. In fairness to them even many Tories have publically expressed their concern about their party’s candidate Michael Mates, because of his friendship with Nadir who has been found guilty of multi million pound fraud. NuLabour’s candidate Southampton Councillor Jacqui Rayment is on record to have admitted in the Council that she was the one who casually signed off statement full of lies about the health of Cllr. Keith Morrell. On the protector of Jimmy Savile BBC’s web site the NuLabour candidate is also quoted as the only candidate with ‘hands on experience’. Admittedly it does not say hands on what??? But assuming she has referred to her experience as Chair of Hampshire Police Authority, that claim could be false. Because according to same page there is another candidate who is also former Chairman of the same Police Authority. So if we really want decent police, then we the people should also vote for proper and suitable person for the top job. (Which has been forced upon us by the parliament trying to ape politicised police of USA) We should avoid likes of Mates who were associate with murky characters and likes of NuLabour’s candidate Jacqui Rayment with record of casually signing off false statement and misleading by falsely claiming to be the only one with hands on experience. Paramjit Bahia

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