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Badger charges for Queen's worker

Stonehaven Sheriff Court [Pic: Crown Copyright]
Mr Elliot is being prosecuted at Stonehaven Sheriff Court

One of the Queen's gamekeepers on the Balmoral Estate is being prosecuted after two badgers were killed after getting caught in snares.

Robbie Elliot, 45, faces two charges in court of failing to properly check the snares.

The two dead badgers were found in May last year.

Mr Elliot is due to appear at Stonehaven Sheriff Court in June. He denies the charges under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 198.

A spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace said Mr Elliot was suspended at the time but because of the timescales involved he was reinstated. That could be reviewed when legal proceedings are over.

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