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May 19th, 2009

Bird lover articles

Newspaper unknown; June 2005

TRAGIC bird lover Marc Llewellyn Jones, who was repeatedly taken to court because of his passion, had leaped to his death from a suspension bridge, an inquest heard.

Forty-seven-year-old Mr Jones, a translator of Tan y Foel, Bethesda, was found dead in the Menai Strait last June.

His body was recovered by Beaumaris inshore lifeboat.

Police discovered a note taped to a sofa at his home.

Coroner Dewi Pritchard-Jones said at Caernarfon: "I don't propose to read it all out but it starts off with 'I can't face the future any more and I've gone to jump off Menai Bridge'."

A suicide verdict was recorded.

Pathologist Dr Mark Lord said death would have been instantaneous.

Mr Jones was on conditional bail after denying harassment and common assault charges.

He had allegedly been abusive towards RSPBn staff and a police wildlife sergeant, and was banned from going within a mile of a breeding site for two rare ospreys near Porthmadog or any RSPB-managed site for breeding protected birds.

Mr Jones was critical of security around the nest and claimed to have carried out a commando-style night-time reconnaissance.

He accepted being obsessed with birds and stopping egg collectors.

He had been taken to court four times but prosecutions against him were dismissed.

In 2003 he was cleared of intentionally disturbing Wales's only colony of little terns near Prestatyn.

He was described as "gentle and knowledgeable" by his solicitor following his death.

Recording his verdict, the coroner said: "There's no legal requirement on a coroner to go into the question of motive.

"I don't believe, in general, that a public inquest is the proper place to go into questions of why people do this."

Bangor & Anglesey Mail, June 29th, 2005

A BODY found in the sea was that of "a gentle and knowledgeable" twitcher whose love of birds and wish to protect them landed him in court.

Marc Llewellyn Jones, 47, a translator and former RSPB warden, of Bethesda, was on bail with a condition that he didn't go within a mile of a rare ospreys' breeding site near Porthmadog.

In an adjournment case at Pwllheli court he'd denied harassment and common assault after allegedly becoming abusive towards RSPB staff and a police wildlife sergeant.

Mr Jones was critical of security there and claimed to have carried out a commando-style reconnaissance in the middle of the night. He said he'd thrown an apple at a caravan where security guards were based and left a note on a shed, but that no-one knew he'd been there.

"I'm obsessed with birds - and with stopping egg collectors," he explained.

In 2003 he was cleared of intentionally disturbing Wales' only colony of little terns at an RSPB-managed site at Gronant near Prestatyn. The security of this site had again become a passion for him in the last few weeks.

An inquest had been opened and adjourned on Mr Jones, whose body was spotted in the Menai Strait last week - ironically not far from a bird sanctuary on the mainland near Bangor. It was brought ashore by Beaumaris inshore lifeboat

He'd been prosecuted by the RSPB four times, including the recent case - but three times the charges were dismissed and recently a county court judge refused an injunction against Mr Jones.

His solicitor, Elen Parry, said: "I'm extremely sad and very distressed. Marc was a knowledgeable, gentle and interesting man whose motivation was always the birds. He knew everything there was to know about them."

An RSPB spokesman said: "We are shocked and saddened. It's very unfortunate."


Driver fined after cow escaped on motorway

Bangor & Anglesey Mail, March 16th, 2005

A lorry driver from North Wales has been fined £1,000 following an incident in which a cow escaped on the M60 at Whitefield.

Robin Glyn Williams, of Anglesey, appeared at Bury Magistrates' Court last Thursday, March 10,and admitted two charges under the Welfare of Animals (Transport) Order 1997 and the Animal Health Act 1981.

James PArry, prosecuting for Bury Council, said Williams, 28, was driving his Scania animal transporter on the motorway on July 7 last year when the cow escaped, making its way onto Whitefield Golf Course via Beech Avenue and Laburnum Avenue.

It eventually reached the playing fields at Phillip's High School where it had to be shot by police because of its distress.

After investigations by council environmental health officers, Williams admitted failing to transport the animal in an escape-proof vehicle and of not being able to produce a required animal transport certificate for the journey between Anglesey and York. He was fined £500 for each offence and ordered to pay a total of £1,218 costs to the council.

Magistrates were told that Williams was of good character running his own business and carrying animals more than 30,000 miles a year. He had described the incident as a million-to-one but it had left him traumatised and very, very upset. He was in the habit of completing certificates on his return from a trip but had never denied being in the wrong.

Magistrates gave Williams credit for his early admission.