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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 September 2006, 15:11 GMT 16:11 UK
Wildlife crime Pc's work praised
Paul Henery
Pc Henery has been a wildlife officer for 12 years
A police officer has been given a prestigious national award for his work tackling wildlife crime.

Pc Paul Henery, 42, has been with the Northumbria force for 18 years, 12 of those as a full-time wildlife officer.

He has been named WWF Wildlife Law Enforcer of the Year after being chosen by a panel of judges from shortlisted candidates across the UK.

The cases he has been involved with include the prosecution of a man who stole hundreds of birds eggs.

'Clear message'

Other investigations include badger baiting, House Martin nest destruction, shooting of birds and the illegal trade in elephant ivory.

He has also recruited and trained a group of local wildlife crime officers.

The award also recognises his work in raising awareness among both local and national media.

He said: "I am surprised but honoured to receive this prestigious award, particularly at a time when wildlife law enforcement is taking giant leaps forward in effectively protecting our wildlife inhabitants which the public care so passionately about."

David Cowdrey, director of WWF's Wildlife Trade Campaign, said the award recognised Pc Henery's hard work and dedication.

He said: "It also sends a clear message to these criminals that police are able to tackle wildlife crime which is pushing some of the world's most vulnerable species towards extinction."


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