Landmark Conviction for Bat Crime

Earlier this month in a case heard at Derby Crown Court a development company was fined and a confiscation order made under the Proceeds of Crime Act. It is BCT’s view that this case is the most significant conviction for bat crime ever recorded. Not only is it the first occasion where such a case has been heard in the Crown Court but to our knowledge it is the first time that a proceeds of crime application has been heard in relation any wildlife crime not involving the illegal trade in endangered species. A strong message is being sent to developers to the effect that they cannot, in future, expect to benefit from criminal behaviour. More details are available on the BCT website at: