By Kloe Hackett
POLICE seized an illegal trap used to catch wild birds.
The officers were called to a park in Wickford to deal with the large metal illegal device.
They have not revealed where the park is in the town.
A spokesman for Basildon Community Policing Team posted on Facebook: “Today, we have seized a device used in the illegal trapping of wild finches.
“This was located in the Wickford area.
“Please make us aware if you see any similar devices.
“Possession or control of a wild bird is an offence.
“Anybody possessing wild birds is obliged to show, on a balance of probabilities, that their possession is lawful.
“Finches listed on Part I Schedule 3 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 can only be legally sold if they have been bred in captivity from lawfully held parent birds, and if they are fitted with Government approved close-rings.”
A wildlife charity conservationist has blasted the illegal bird catchers.
Macbraden Bones, 48, Essex Wildlife Trust landscape conservationist area officer for the south east, said: “I have never heard or come across this before.
“This is the first time I have heard of this and have not seen a problem like this in our area.
“I am stunned by this, there are a number of concerns with this.