Lancashire’s Birdman ASBO case to go to trial

Trial set: John Wilkinson is accused of breaching his ASBO. COPYRIGHT Docubyte

Trial set: John Wilkinson is accused of breaching his ASBO. COPYRIGHT Docubyte

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Lancashire’s ‘Birdman’ is due to stand trial next year for breaching his bird-feeding ASBO.

John Wilkinson, 66, of Cavendish Road, Morecambe, is alleged to have breached his anti-social behaviour order on three separate occasions in August by feeding in excess of half a kilo of bird feed at any one time and feeding birds within 100 metres of his home.

He is due to appear for trial on January 23, 2015, at Lancaster Magistrates’ Court. He was given an ASBO in 2012.

And Lancaster City Council has also applied to vary his anti-social behaviour order at the court this Friday.

The application to vary the order made on December 6, 2012 states that he is not;

to feed birds in his home or within 100 metres of his home on Cavendish Road in Morecambe;

to feed birds in England and Wales outside the exclusion zone unless feeding takes place on Monday or Thursday and only once per day between 9.30am and 10.30am and no more than half a kilo of bird seed to be fed on any day;

to feed birds in England and Wales outside the exclusion zone any other foodstuffs, bird nuts or bird food, except bird seed; aid, abet, or incite others to feed birds in England and Wales, on the ground that the warnings of court and Lancaster Council have not been heeded.

The application says that in view of ongoing anti-social behaviour and breaches, the council wants the order to be extended by a further two years.