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Arrest threat as pair fail to attend court in Thursford bluebells case

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A man and a woman have been given a final chance to attend court to answer a charge of uprooting thousands of flowers near Fakenham.

Robert Barnes. 30, and Saskia Jackson, 28, are accused of digging up 8,000 Native English bluebells at woodland in Thursford, Norfolk, on March 23 this year.

The species is protected by law and intentionally uprooting it is against the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

King's Lynn Magistrates Court news. (51811185)
King's Lynn Magistrates Court news. (51811185)

Barnes, of Park Lane, Long Sutton, and Jackson, of Lowgate, Lutton, have twice failed to appear before King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court as scheduled.

On Thursday the cases against them were adjourned until November 4. The court heard that arrest warrants were likely to be issued if they do not attend on that date.

Two co-defendants - James Cross, 30, and Katie Bingham, 20, of the same address in Anfield Road, Long Sutton - were fined last Thursday, after pleading guilty to the same charge.

The court was told that the bulbs were recovered and it took five men eight hours to replant them at a cost of £625.

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