Stockport man fined over squirrel shooting

Bill Worthington
Image caption Mr Worthington said squirrels were pests

A pensioner has been ordered to pay £1,400 after admitting causing unnecessary suffering to a squirrel.

Bill Worthington, 74, of Arden Park, Bredbury, Stockport, said he thought he had killed the squirrel humanely after shooting it repeatedly.

However, it survived and was later put down by a vet after neighbours called the RSPCA, a charity spokesman said.

Mr Worthington was fined £140 and ordered to pay the RSPCA costs of £1,281 by Stockport magistrates.

He was also disqualified from keeping a squirrel for 10 years.

The law states squirrels can be killed but it must be done humanely.

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