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Cleethorpes goose incident: why the defendant was kept anonymous

Cleethorpes boating lake

Cleethorpes goose incident: why the defendant was kept anonymous

Back in October 2021, a video circulated on Facebook documenting a van driving into a herd of geese at Cleethorpes Boating Lake.

In the incident five geese were injured and one was sadly killed.

An 18-year-old male was later ordered to pay fines of over £1000.

The man appeared in Grimsby Magistrates Court charged with driving without due care and attention, using a vehicle to pursue wild birds for the purpose of killing them and intentionally killing a wild bird.

He was ordered to pay fines totalling £1085 as well as a victim surcharge.

Many locals were furious at the incident, asking how someone could possible harm a defensless animal.

Outrage only increased further when Humberside Police stated they would not be pursuing criminal charges.

Instead they stated that the defendant would be making a ‘charitable donation’ to Cleethorpes Wildlife Rescue after admitting that he felt ‘deeply remorseful’ over the incident.

This decision was changed two days later following public backlash. They then stated that they would review the case under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and Road Traffic Act 1988.

Throught the process police have kept the defendant anonymous despite him being 18-years-old.

When asked about the issue, officers claimed that this was an ’emotive case’ and that keeping the defendant anonymous would prevent inciting ‘tension and violence’.

A spokesperson for Humberside Police said: “This was an emotive case in advance of which a number of threats have been made.

“We have a duty not to incite tensions and violence.

“Therefore, we would strongly advise against publishing his name, and we would appreciate co-operation in this matter.”

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