Page last updated at 17:03 GMT, Friday, 19 February 2010

Northumberland red kites 'may have been poisoned'

Red kite. Pic by Andy Hay (rspb-images.com)
Red Kites are a protected species

Police believe rare birds of prey found dead in Northumberland may have been deliberately poisoned.

Two red kites were found by a landowner in Hexham and initial examinations showed no obvious cause of death.

Laboratory tests and post-mortem examinations are now being carried out by experts from Defra.

A spokesman for Northumbria police said Red Kites had been targeted in the past it was possible the birds, which are a protected species, had been poisoned.

The birds were found close to each other on 12 February and showed no evidence of bullet injuries.

A Northumbria force spokesman said: "This is an unusual incident and it's a possibility that these birds may have been poisoned, as Red Kites have in the past been persecuted.

"If this is the case then we need to find out who, and how they have done this.

"Red Kites are a protected species under current legislation and anyone found guilty of killing them can expect a custodial sentence or a heavy fine."



Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
RSPB's concern over bird attacks
26 Aug 09 |  Wales
Birds of prey under attack
24 Jul 03 |  Wales
Gamekeeper fined for bird deaths
25 Aug 04 |  Scotland
Fine for killing sparrowhawk
19 Jan 04 |  North West Wales
Birds fall prey to persecution
14 May 03 |  Scotland

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2013 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific