The British bases in Dhekelia arrested a man for illegally caging 49 wild birds on his land in Achna, the British forces announced on Friday.
The man, arrested on Thursday, was released on €3,000 bail and is now awaiting a court date.
Working alongside Cruelty Against Bird Slaughter (Cabs) and the Republic of Cyprus Game Fund, the SBA police’s community action team released thrushes, black caps, wood pigeons, turtle doves, finches and a robin. Deputy divisional commander Andreas Pitsillides said the arrest was a result of the ever-improving relationship between the organisations.
“The tip-off about this orchard came from our colleagues in Cabs and over the past few years our working relationship has been strengthening further as we have enjoyed a lot more success in trying to eradicate this problem,” he explained.
“We are determined to continue working closely with our partners from the Republic of Cyprus to tackle bird crime and with more arrests like this, I believe we are making great progress.”
In a warning to the perpetrators of the crime, he continued: “Our message remains the same, if you are caught undertaking bird crime, you will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”