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Lockerbie man faces badger pesticide charge

26 July 2010 - BBC News

A man from Lockerbie has been appeared in court on charges of interfering with a badger sett.

William Scobie, 75, of Whitehills Avenue, is alleged to have put the banned illegal pesticide Cymag in the entrance to the sett at nearby Jardine Hall. He is also accused of obstructing access to the sett and storing the illegal cyanide-based pesticide in a locked filing cabinet. The case at Dumfries Sheriff Court was continued without plea until 16 August 2010.

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Technical note: Cymag is a deadly, fast acting poison – it releases cyanide gas on contact with moisture. Approval for storage and use of "Cymag" expired on 31 December 2004 (the withdrawal date set by the EC Review Programme). If you store or use “Cymag” after 31 December 2004 you will be in breach of The Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986 (as amended) unless you have a reasonable excuse for doing so. The only way to dispose of "Cymag" legally is by using a licensed waste contractor. Any other method of disposing of “Cymag” is illegal in itself and may also illegally put people, wildlife or the environment at risk.