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Crowland property searched as police investigate death of Red Kite

Police investigating the death of a Red Kite have searched a South Holland property.

Tests conducted on the body of a Red Kite, which was found in the Crowland area last year, revealed that the bird had been poisoned.

Two searches have been carried out at addresses in the Crowland area last year as part of an investigation where police have recovered items linked to the offence, including suspected banned pesticides

Red kite (44052879)
Red kite (44052879)

Investigations are ongoing and two people have been identified in relation to this and officers say they will be spoken with in due course.

Detective Constable Aaron Flint, who is involved in the investigation, said: “Raptor Persecution is one of the UK’s National wildlife crime priorities and is taken very seriously by Lincolnshire Police. These offences will always be dealt with expeditiously and robustly. Deliberate killing of birds of prey is an offence which I urge the public to report if they become aware of it.

“I would like to add, that if a bird of prey is found dead and you believe it is suspicious it should be reported to the police immediately to allow an investigation into its death to commence. The bird may have been poisoned which poses obvious health and safety concerns if handled. Providing the police with the What3words location would be extremely useful when reporting an incident”.

Lincolnshire Police Wildlife Crime officers, along with partner agencies including the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU), Natural England and the RSPB are involved in the investigation.

Forensic toxicology tests on the bird's body through the Government's Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme (WIIS).

Guy Shorrock, senior Investigations officer with the RSPB, added: “Though raptor persecution data for 2020 has not yet been collated, the number of online reports relating to confirmed incidents and police follow up action around the UK indicate this problem is clearly not going away”

Lincolnshire police would like to remind the public that any offences or information they come across can be reported via 999 (for urgent matters) or 101 for other non-urgent matters or visit the Lincolnshire police website to report it online.

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