A WORKER on the estate of music impresario Andrew Lloyd-Webber will deny charges of intentionally trapping a tawny owl.

The case of Mark Stevens, of Sydmonton, Burghclere, was heard this morning at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court.

The 42-year-old, who works on the Sydmonton Court Estate, near Kingsclere, did not appear in the dock but his lawyer, Richard Atkins, told magistrates he intends to contest all five charges against him.

The charges include taking and injuring a wild bird in August last year, and two counts of setting an approved spring trap on a pole in circumstances for which it was not approved.

Presiding magistrate Suzie Scott-Malden adjourned the hearing.