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Man accused of trading rare eggs

Mr Seed is accused of possessing the eggs of birds including the osprey

A County Durham man has appeared in court accused of trading the eggs of rare birds such as the peregrine, red kite and golden eagle.

Andrew Seed, of Willington, near Crook, faces 18 charges, including unlawful importing, and illegal trading.

He is also accused of possessing osprey and roseate tern eggs, among others.

The 45-year-old, from White Lodge, appeared before Bishop Auckland magistrates and was bailed to appear at Durham Crown Court on 16 November.

He is also charged with making a false representation in an attempt to obtain birds' eggs.

Mr Seed's home was raided on 10 February as part of an investigation by Durham Police, the RSPB and the National Wildlife Crime Unit.

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