A MAN has been charged in connection with the killing of a goose in Abbey Meadows in Abingdon.

Mark Flintham, 54, from Abingdon but of no fixed abode, has been charged with one count of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal on January 18.

The charge in connection with a wildlife crime incident relates to an incident on August 10 last year where an offender killed a goose and walked off with it in the Abbey Meadows area at around 3pm.

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Flintham is due to appear at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on February 21 in relation to the incident.

Geese are a protected species. They are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. This Act makes it an offence to kill, injure, damage or remove their nests without a licence.


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This story was written by Gee Harland. She joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Abingdon, Didcot, Wallingford and Wantage.

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