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Last Updated: Sunday, 10 June 2007, 04:30 GMT 05:30 UK
Pair charged over dolphin actions
Dave the dolphin
Dave the dolphin is protected by animal welfare legislation
Two men have been charged with disturbing a dolphin after Kent Police received several 999 calls.

Michael Jukes, 26, and Daniel Buck, 25, both from Folkestone, were charged under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

They were freed on unconditional bail to appear at Folkestone Magistrates' Court on 14 June, police said.

Locals had expressed concern about Dave the dolphin - who has become a huge draw for tourists after being seen off Folkestone over the past year.

Kent Police's Marine Unit has issued several warnings that anyone getting too close to Dave could be arrested.

Pipe fitter Mr Jukes and Mr Buck, a ground worker, were arrested at about 0530 BST on Saturday.

Insp Gavin Roy said: "Dolphins are well loved and friendly towards humans.

"They are protected by law and should be treated with respect."

Animal welfare charities have previously expressed concern over swimmers, kayakers and other watercraft users possibly causing distress or alarm to Dave.

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