Chris Packham has been found not guilty of assault in Malta, after having to appear in court following a confrontation with hunters he believed had been trapping wild birds.
The naturalist and BBC wildlife presenter is filming an independent documentary about alleged illegal bird hunting and trapping in the country, but found himself accused of breaking the law.
After appearing in court in Gozo on Thursday morning, he tweeted that he had been found “not guilty”.
NOT GUILTY! And wait until you see our evidence… pic.twitter.com/116etMAHfE
— Chris Packham (@ChrisGPackham) April 20, 2017
In a video posted on his Facebook page, Packham claimed that on Tuesday 18 April he had attempted to notify police of a possible illegal bird trapping. However, when the police arrived, instead of investigating the hunter, Packham himself was arrested and charged with “attempting to use force” and “pushing against” a Maltese man.