Famous falconer denies theft of kestrel

Jonathan Marshall from Raptorforce is pictured on the Sidmouth seafront this week with Pearl, a trib

Jonathan Marshall from Raptorforce is pictured on the Sidmouth seafront this week with Pearl, a tribrid falcon used to scare seagulls and prevent them from nesting. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 5633-10-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on MyPhotos24. - Credit: Archant

A celebrity falconer has pleaded not guilty to stealing a kestrel and allowing a captive barn owl to escape into the wild.

Jonathan Marshall, 45, from Colyton, has appeared on television flying alongside his birds of prey in a hang-glider.

He will face trial at Exeter Crown Court after denying three charges relating to his work with birds.

Marshall pleaded not guilty to an offence against European Union regulations controlling the sale of endangered birds between 2011 and 2013.

He also denied allowing a barn owl to escape into the wild at Ottery St Mary, between December 1, 2012 and October 17, 2013.


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He pleaded not guilty to a third charge of the theft of a kestrel between August 1, 2012, and January 15, 2013.

The case was adjourned for a trial, which has been listed provisionally for Wednesday, December 17.

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The defendant was released on bail by Judge Francis Gilbert, QC.

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