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Former gamekeeper denies killing and possessing dead birds

PUBLISHED: 16:31 20 December 2013 | UPDATED: 16:31 20 December 2013

Stody Estate gamekeeper Allen Lambert arriving at King's Lynn Magistrates. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Stody Estate gamekeeper Allen Lambert arriving at King's Lynn Magistrates. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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A former gamekeeper has pleaded guilty to keeping banned pesticides - but has denied kiling and possessing dead birds.

During a hearing at King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Allen Charles Lambert confessed to storing mevinphos and aldicarb pesticides on or about April 4 this year, as well as storing them without reasonable precautions.

The 64-year-old of Old Lodge House, Stody, Melton Constable also admitted a charge of failing to comply with a firearm certificate, by poor storage of a .22 Mauser.

However he denied intentionally killing 14 buzzards, a sparrowhawk and a tawny owl between April 1 and 4, as well as a charge of keeping nine dead buzzards on April 4.

He also denied a charge of possessing an article capable of beng used to commit an offence, namely killing a wild bird.

Lambert’s case was adjourned for a full case management hearing on January 22 next year, which is also to be held at King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court.

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