Warrant issued for Sunderland man accused of killing bird

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A WARRANT has been issued for the arrest of a man accused of killing a seabird.

Aaron Teasdale, of High Street East, Sunderland, is charged with three offences under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

He was due to appear at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court, but failed to turn up.

The allegations relate to an incident along the Whitley Bay coast on May 20 when a fulmar is said to have been killed and a bird’s egg destroyed.

The 18-year-old has previously pleaded not guilty to the offences and the case was set for a trial.

However, prosecutors asked for a warrant without bail after the defendant failed to appear in court.

Magistrates were told there was no explanation for his absence and the chairman of the panel issued a warrant without bail.

If convicted of the offences, Teasdale could face a prison sentence.

A spokesman from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds said: “Fulmars are protected birds. Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, it is illegal to kill any wild bird.”