One of Britain's most prolific egg-collecting criminals could be the first person to be jailed under new wildlife protection legislation.
Police officers found three goshawk eggs and four goosander eggs during a raid on Barry Sheavils' home in June, only a month after being fined £1,000 for the illegal possession of 1,300 rare eggs, South East Northumberland magistrates' court was told yesterday.
Sheavils, 41, of Blyth, Northumberland, told police he was given the goshawk and goosander eggs by an unnamed man as consolation for the loss of his large collection after his conviction in May. The eggs were donated to the Royal Museum in Scotland.
Sheavils admitted possessing the eggs and also possessing amphetamine sulphate, a class B drug, which he told police he used to stay awake during his "egging" activities. He will be sentenced next month.
The Independent (UK)
August 17, 2001