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Last Updated: Friday, 22 September 2006, 11:25 GMT 12:25 UK
Queen's gamekeeper in trap trial
One of the Queen's gamekeepers on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk is to stand trial accused of illegally using traps to kill or injure birds.

Dean Wright, 25, of Anmer, Norfolk, denies setting a trap, using a trap and causing unnecessary suffering to a tawny owl caught in a trap.

The offences are alleged to have taken place at Shernborne, a village on the estate, last December.

The trial is due to start in January at King's Lynn Magistrates' Court.

Mr Wright is also accused of breaking laws designed to protect wildlife and animals.

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