Forest of Dean man charged with selling black kites

A Forest of Dean man has been charged with selling three endangered black kites.

The 67-year-old, from Staunton, is accused of 13 offences, including fraud, theft and the prohibited sale of a specimen of an endangered species.

He is also charged with knowingly making a false statement for a certificate, contrary to regulations on trade in endangered species.

He was bailed to appear at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court on 3 August.

The charges come after officers raided a property in Staunton in June 2011.

A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said the charges followed an investigation by the force, the National Wildlife Crime Unit and the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency.

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