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Last Updated: Tuesday, 29 January 2008, 13:40 GMT
Man denies rare bird egg thefts
A man has appeared in court in Lincolnshire charged with stealing more than 7,100 wild birds' eggs.

The prosecution claims Richard Pearson, 41, stole the eggs, including hundreds from protected species such as golden eagles and ospreys, for his collection.

Mr Pearson, of Phelps Place, Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire, who denies all charges, is also accused of storing dead birds in his freezer.

The trial was adjourned until 1 April so a specialist vet can be called.

Mr Pearson denied all seven charges against him at Skegness Magistrates' Court.



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