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Rare bird found dead in Frizington allotment

A rare bird has been found dead in "suspicious circumstances" in Frizington, Cumbria, police have said.

The bird, believed to be a peregrine falcon, was found at an allotment near Kilbride Place in the early hours of Sunday.

Police inquiries are ongoing to establish the exact cause of death.

Peregrine falcons are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Their numbers declined during the 1960s and 1970s.

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