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Suspended sentence for gamekeeper

Roger Venton
Roger Venton admitted two charges at Telford Magistrates' Court

A head gamekeeper who admitted setting illegal traps and allowing a junior gamekeeper to illegally kill animals has been given a suspended sentence.

Roger Venton, 33, of Borrough Cottage, Kempton Estate, Aston-on-Clun, Shropshire, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing in Telford.

He was given a three month sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to do 250 hours of community work.

The court heard he was charged after two former estate employees complained.

Gamekeeper Kyle Burden, 19, of Kempton, was found guilty of killing buzzards and badgers earlier this year.

He was given a 26-week prison sentence suspended for six months in September.

Venton was also ordered to pay 2,000 court costs.


Two of Roger Venton's former colleagues blew the whistle to the RSPB

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