Author Archives: Alex Milne

A final consideration of the correspondence COPFS to ECCLRC

I have decided, for the present, not to include in any submission I am able to make to a Scottish Government committee a review of the letter from the Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service(COPFS) in support of petition PE1705, except … Continue reading

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What to include in my submission to the Scottish Government committee?

I have now to write my submission, which will likely be needed before my petition is heard, likely at the ECCLRC. I need to make a decision as to whether what I believe happened in the Crown Office and COPFS … Continue reading

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My future actions

This petition is well under way now and I have enough material here to make a submission to any committee which may handle it in future. The public petitions committee seemed keen for it to go to the EECLRC, which … Continue reading

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A conspiracy theory. A tale of two illegal spring traps.

This post has no bearing on my petition, which can stand on it’s own feet. The Guardian article about an illegal spring trap on the Tillypronie estate had not even been written when I submitted the petition. It helps me give a … Continue reading

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A review of blogs posted on the Aberdeen University website about video evidence in wildlife crime cases

I am going to cover some of the areas in several blogs posted on the Law section of the university website. I am not going to cover all of the content of the blogs, just a selection with which I … Continue reading

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The information I need from COPFS

Note This is subject to change, as are all posts, where errors are detected. History. My MSP was contacted by the Cabinet secretary for the Environment, Climate and Land Reform committee (EECLRC) suggesting that I could contact the Crown Office … Continue reading

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Choice of wording to allow video evidence in court

The present wording is: The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 be amended by adding in a Section 19B entitled “Admissibility of evidence in Scotland”: “In any proceedings in Scotland for any offence under Part 1 there shall be a presumption … Continue reading

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My beliefs and aims

There are many people opposed to law breaking. I’m interested only in wildlife crime, although I should expand that by saying I’m also opposed to those who support organised crime. My position is quite similar to that of the RSPB, … Continue reading

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A case study. Special constables in the Cairngorms – could they set cameras?

To determine if the Special constables in the Cairngorms National Park could set covert cameras on illegal traps. Summary. I have examined the law in Scotland on this matter. The police could not apply for authorisation to set a covert … Continue reading

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The hoped for effects of the Petition, now open.

The petition is now open today 16th August 2018, and is online at : Petition PE01705 I had originally asked that I would not collect signatures, but would allow comments on the petition. This apparently cannot be done, so people … Continue reading

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Post 1. The letter from COPFS to the EECLRC convener. (mild)

This is one of a series of posts about specific parts of the areas which will be covered in the submission to the committee(s) if my petition reaches that stage. It is not intended even to be a draft section, … Continue reading

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Post 2. A deeper look at the proposal for increasing sentences.

Please understand that I am not seeking to undermine the independence of the Scottish Justice system, and will take no action which leads to that. The petition does not this aim either, and will not mention much of the contents … Continue reading

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Post 3. The abandoned cases. The Craig Graham case.

First I will repeat that I have no legal qualifications. I actively seek comments which would allow me to correct the statements I make here about the law and it’s interpretation. This post cannot form part of my submission to … Continue reading

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Post 4. The abandoned cases. The Stanley Gordon case.

First I will repeat that I have no legal qualifications. I actively seek comments which would allow me to correct the statements I make here about the law and it’s interpretation. This post cannot form part of my submission to any … Continue reading

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Some good news about the petition

I was contacted yesterday (Wednesday 18th July) by one of the civil servants about the content of the petition which confirmed that I would be receiving their suggestions about the petition shortly. Things are probably moving forward. I will not … Continue reading

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An quick update after the first day.

I have been had several helpful replies to my emails. When I started the blog it was just a wish to publicise the petition which seemed to be dragging on. My researches (o.k. a google search) uncovered that the Poustie … Continue reading

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New blog started on 14th July to promote my Petition, who can help and why.

I first decided to set up this website yeterday as I had been waiting what I thought was a long time. I was also concerned about the possibility that the Poustie report would reach the Scottish Parliament. I googled for … Continue reading

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The Law and other documents in relation to the matters in the Petition

Wildlife and Countryside Act  1981. (WCA) Section 1 is titled. “Protection of wild birds, their nests and eggs”, and is the likely Act under which a prosecution would take place. Section 19 of the WCA says “A constable who enters any land … Continue reading

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Tillypronie Estate

When I submitted the petition I did not know about the video evidence of a possible offence on Tillypronie Estate. This information came into the public domain on Monday 2nd April 2018 in an article published by the Guardian This fits … Continue reading

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The abandoned cases.

In 2014/15 George Mutch was convicted and imprisoned for killing a Goshawk and other offences whilst employed as a gamekeeper on the Kildrummy estate in Aberdeenshire. There was no vicarious liability conviction associated with this crime, most likely due to … Continue reading

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