Police investigation after bird of prey found dead

Photo: North Yorkshire Police.

Police are investigating a bird of prey was found dead.

Is it believed the buzzard had been shot with an x-ray of the bird showing several shotgun pellets.

It was found by a member of the public near Whashton, north of Richmond, on Tuesday last week.

Anyone with information is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101 using the reference number 12190055485.

North Yorkshire continues to have the worst record for raptor persecution in England.

North Yorkshire Police last year launched Operation Owl in a bid to address the problem.

As part of the operation, police will carry out surveillance checks on known raptor persecution hotspots at random times to disrupt unlawful activity, and work with local landowners to make them aware of the legal position on raptor persecution.

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