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Man arrested after more than 50 dead animals found dumped outside Broughton Community Shop

Man arrested after more than 50 dead animals found dumped outside Broughton Community Shop

A 37-year-old man has been arrested after more than 50 dead animals were dumped outside a shop in Hampshire. A member of staff was opening the Broughton Community Shop when they encountered the “horrifying” scene on 15 March. Police were called and found about 50 dead hares, a kestrel and a barn owl outside the store. Officers from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary’s Country Watch team have been investigating and discovered the barn owl and kestrel had been shot with a firearm. Both birds are listed under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, giving them legal protection. The man who was arrested has been charged with criminal damage, night poaching, killing of a Schedule 1 bird and killing of brown hare in the closed season. He has also been charged with an offence under the Public Order Act, an offence under the Animal Welfare Act and an offence under the Firearms Act. Police said on Thursday night that he remains in custody. Country Watch Sergeant Stuart Ross said: “Since this incident …