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New specialist prosecutors for wildlife and environmental crime

Two prosecutors have been appointed as full-time specialists for wildlife and environmental crime, the Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC has announced.

Kate Fleming and Shona McJannett will investigate, mark and prosecute all cases involving crimes against wildlife and the environment in Scotland. Their remit will also include cases of animal cruelty.

The appointment of these full-time specialists builds on work already undertaken by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service to tackle wildlife crime more effectively. The specialists will work together to share knowledge and experience of cases.

The Lord Advocate said:

“COPFS is committed to tackling crimes against Scotland’s precious wildlife and environment. Our new specialist prosecutors will continue to develop the skills and knowledge built up by COPFS to deal with these cases.

“They will also further enhance the working relationships we have built up with investigating agencies, including the police and wildlife organisations.

“We know that serious and organised crime groups are becoming involved in environmental crime. Our specialist prosecutors will work closely with COPFS civil recovery and criminal confiscation specialists to ensure that any proceeds of crime will be recovered.”