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Red kite death investigated by North Yorkshire Police

Red kite
There have been a number of recent red kite poisoning cases in the area

Police are investigating the death of a red kite in North Yorkshire after concerns it may have been poisoned.

The bird was discovered by a farmer in a field near the B6451 Newall Carr Road in the Clifton area on Friday.

He reported the death to the Yorkshire Red Kite organisation, which contacted police.

Toxicology tests are now being carried out on the carcass. Yorkshire Red Kites said there had been a number of red kite poisoning cases in recent years.

Doug Simpson, the co-ordinator of Yorkshire Red Kite, said: "The reason for my concern is that the site where the red kite was found is close to where there have been a number of red kite poisoning cases. The bird had clearly been in otherwise good health."

Gareth Jones, wildlife liaison officer with North Yorkshire Police, said: "We take the issue of wildlife crime very seriously and will investigate all cases reported to us. I would urge anyone with information to come forward."

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