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Man found with gun on private estate is given this punishment at court

A Walsall man caught trespassing on private Shropshire land with a loaded air rifle has been ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

The 28-year-old was found after a gamekeeper – who owned the land on the Davenport Estate in Bridgnorth – heard gunshots coming from a section of woodland in November this year, at around 8.45pm on evening.

Two men were subsequently discovered hiding on the estate, including one who was carrying the loaded gun.

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West Mercia Police attended the scene and discovered the defendant’s car containing another air rifle, before both guns were seized by officers.

The defendant – which West Mercia Police has not named – claimed he was given permission to hunt pigeons on the private land, but he was unable to provide details of who had given him this permission.

As a result, the force’s Rural, Business Crime and Wildlife Team built up a case against the defendant for trespassing and trespassing with a firearm.

He was found guilty of trespassing on land with an air weapon and for possessing a loaded or unloaded air weapon in a public place during his first court appearance on October 15, said West Mercia Police.

The defendant was later sentenced at Telford Magistrates Court on November 26, where he was given the community order. He was also told to pay £715 in court fees and also surrender his firearms for destruction.

The second man who was also caught with the defendant did not face any further action.

PC Phillip Nock, of West Mercia Police, said: “We welcome the outcome of this case and are pleased with the sentencing that was handed down.

“Generally speaking, convictions relating to wildlife crimes in the UK remains relatively low, so this is a really positive outcome and we hope this will lead as an example to anyone who doesn’t think there are consequences to this sort of crime.”

BrumWish 2021 aims to get thousands of Christmas gifts to young children in need across our city – the homeless, the vulnerable, kids in care and kids who have little.

This year’s appeal is bigger and better than ever – because we have teamed up with our partners at #Toys4Birmingham, including Thrive Together Birmingham, the Birmingham Playcare Network, the Edgbaston Foundation and Birmingham Forward Steps.

Also involved are Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Barnardo’s, Spurgeon’s children’s charity, the Springfield project in Sparkhill, St Paul’s Community Development Trust and Your Local Pantry, which runs food hubs in 12 locations across Birmingham and the Black Country.

You can buy a gift from the #Brumwish Amazon Wishlist here.

Or you can collect and drop off donations of new and nearly new toys and gifts to special donation days at Edgbaston Stadium, B5 7QU, on Saturday November 27, Friday December 3 and Saturday December 4, from 11am to 3pm, where volunteers will be waiting to see you.

Brand new or nearly new, unwrapped gifts, books and toys for all ages will be accepted.

You can also donate cash, which will go into a fund held by a charity partner to use to plug gaps or buy specialist toys for children with additional needs. This is the link to make a donation.

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