Pigeon fancier faces ban over scam that won him top prize

Tarbes National winner Eamonn Kelly faked a winning time using microchip of a pigeon that never left his Oxfordshire loft

A leading pigeon fancier is facing expulsion from the sport after admitting cheating in one of its most prestigious races to win prizes worth £11,500.

Eamonn Kelly, from Didcot in Oxfordshire, successfully defended his title in the Tarbes National last weekend, after one of 14 birds he registered for the race was recorded as having flown home from Tarbes in southern France with the fastest average time.

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