ONCE again you report (Echo, Dec 22) that hen harriers are undergoing “illegal and systematic persecution” and “disruption”

on grouse moors.

Your story was based on a report from Natural England, the Government’s conservation body, not the supposedly biased RSPB.

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Is it not time this persecution was stopped? Should not the moor owners suffer substantial fines, rather than the gamekeepers who must obey the edicts of the owner to maximise grouse numbers, or risk losing their jobs?

Eric Gendle, Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough.