Married Police Inspector Head of UK Bird Protection Unit Suspended After Accused of Affair with Colleague
- Chief Inspector Nick Lyall was suspended earlier this month because of an alleged affair
- MailOnline understands that married Mr Lyall, 46, strongly denies any wrongdoing
- He told the Bedfordshire police, where he is based, that he will appeal his suspension
Chief Inspector Nick Lyall was suspended earlier this month because of the alleged affair
The police officer who heads the British bird protection unit has been suspended after he was charged with an affair with a colleague.
Chief Inspector Nick Lyall, 46, who heads the Raptor Persecution Priority Delivery Group to combat the illegal prosecution of birds of prey in England and Wales, was suspended earlier this month because of the alleged affair.
MailOnline understands that married Mr Lyall strongly denies any wrongdoing and told the Bedfordshire police, where he is based, that he will appeal his suspension and deny the wrongdoing charge.
Suspended with full pay, Lyall is the most prominent face in Britain’s fight against the illegal killing of raptors and has been a police officer for nearly 20 years, previously with the Northamptonshire Police Department.
He maintains contacts with wildlife groups in Britain and regional police forces to help prevent birds of prey from being slaughtered.
He took over his role in September 2018 as head of the Raptor Group, one of the six UK conservation priorities.
He maintains contacts with wildlife groups in Britain and regional police forces to help prevent birds of prey from being slaughtered
Days before his suspension, he said the closure had “given the green light to those involved in the prosecution of birds of prey to continue their murder.”
He said he was particularly concerned with photographing, poisoning, and catching birds such as red kites and buzzards, and several investigations were underway to track down the culprits.
He had also campaigned for the safety of sea and golden eagles and hen harriers, warning that successful prosecutions “should remind those who kill our amazing birds that their time to get away with it is coming to an end.”
Days before his suspension, he said the closure “gave the green light to those involved in the prosecution of birds of prey to continue their murder.”
Lyall said he had become “sick” from the increase in crimes against birds of prey during the Covid-19 lock.
“It is clear that people involved in crimes prosecuting crimes are viewed as a green light to continue committing crimes, presumably in the belief that there are fewer people around to catch them.”
Bedfordshire police said, “Supt Lyall has been suspended following an internal investigation.
“He has appealed the suspension and a decision will be made in due course. He will be heard on a date to be determined. He is not being prosecuted. ‘
Mail Online approached the Police Superintendents Association for comment.
Victor Marshall, the Police Superintendents Association Professional Standards Coordinator, said, “Our member has fully cooperated in this investigation and the Police Superintendents” Association will support him all the time. ”