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Stiff fines issued to hunters

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By Andreas Pavlou

Paphos police said Thursday they issued fines totaling €4000 to two hunters, aged 60 and 42, for hunting in a restricted area.

In a third case, a €500 fine was issued to 26 year-old for possessing an audio player mimicking bird songs.

According to the district’s assistant police director, Michalis Loannou, in a rural area between the villages of Tsada and Kalepia, members of the Game service located a 60-year-old from Paphos hunting in a prohibited hunting area.

Police seized the 60-year-old’s shotgun and a dead bird, which they will use as evidence in the case.

The 60-year-old was then summoned to the Stroumbi police station and was issued an out-of-court fine of €2000.

In a separate case, according to Ioannou, Game service officers located a 42-year-old man hunting in a prohibited area in a rural area near the village of Amargeti. As evidence, the officers seized his shotgun, 26 loaded cartridges and spent rounds. The man was then transferred to the Panagia police station, where he was issued a €2,000 out-of-court fine for his offence.

In a third case Thursday, near Vretsia, members of the Game service stopped a 26-year-old youth’s car for inspection.

During this inspection, police found a sound device, which played bird songs. The 26-year-old was taken in to Panagia police station and was issued a fine of €500.

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