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Jail term for 1960s River Don poacher, 78, criticised

The jailing of a 78-year-old man for breaching a court order dating back four decades,has been criticised.

Stanley Murray, of Aberdeen, was banned from a section of the River Don in 1968 for poaching.

He has been campaigning for the order to be lifted so he can walk along the river. He was jailed for three months at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

North East Labour MSP Richard Baker said he did not believe a jail term was appropriate.

The grandfather admitted breaking the interdict but has refused to give up his battle.

He told a national newspaper he was desperate for the order to be lifted to allow him to walk along the river with his family.

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