A Greek Cypriot man from the Ormideia region is scheduled to appear before the SBA court in Dhekelia on September 20 over illegal bird-trapping activities.
With two outstanding warrants in the Eastern Sovereign Base Areas, the man was released on bail last Thursday after he was arrested in an early morning intelligence-led house raid.
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The SBA Police swooped on the man’s property at 6am after officers secured a warrant from the court and discovered 25 lime sticks used for catching wild birds and a loaded, double barrelled shotgun along with a ‘Flopper’ shotgun, which the “man could not account for” according to police.
The man, who had to pay more than €1,000 in bail to secure his release, was initially wanted by police in connection to an outstanding fine for domestic violence and a warrant of arrest for drink-driving.
Acting Superintendent Andreas Pitsillides from the Dhekelia Division described the arrest as a successful intelligence-led operation.
He explained: “Our intelligence officers gathered enough information to be able to secure the warrant to enter the man’s house and we are very happy with the results of the search.
“The man could not account for the two shotguns on his premises and the lime sticks are well-known for being used to illegally trap migrating birds.
“This was a professional and decisive operation and it was a good arrest for all of the officers involved.”
The man is scheduled to appear before the SBA court in Dhekelia to answer his charges on September 20.