Dealer turned his garden into a huge prison for wild birds

Some of Britain’s rarest songbirds were traded in a weekly market behind a pub, a court heard. Dealers Husseyin Hamude, 55, Osman Hassani, 53, Adnan Icel, 55, and Richard Lotter, 56, were caught when the RSPCA swooped on The Bell pub in Leytonstone. Secret cameras caught traders bringing birds to the pub in cages and laundry bags and paying £3 to set up a stall. Bird fanciers often pay £60 or more for wild species such as goldfinches, which they…

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