A GLENROTHES man has become the first person in Scotland to be convicted of trading in endangered animal body parts.
These included the skull of a pilot whale, two harbour porpoise whale skulls, a sperm whale tooth and two dead green turtles.
Steven Paterson (48), of 21 Melville Close, admitted four charges under endangered wildlife legislation when he appeared at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court last week.
The conviction has been welcomed by PC Ian Laing, Fife Constabulary’s wildlife and environmental crime co-ordinator.
Sheriff Fiona Tait deferred sentence on Paterson until April 12 for background reports and to ascertain his financial position.
For the full story see this week’s Fife Free Press and Glenrothes Gazette.