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Police investigation after marsh harrier shooting

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Police are appealing for information after a marsh harrier was found shot on the border of East and North Yorkshire.

The adult female marsh harrier was found badly injured in a field near Sledmere in September 2016.

Injured marsh harrierX-rays showed a damaged wing caused by shotgun pellets. Despite its injuries, three weeks of intensive care resulted in it making a full recovery and being released back into the wild.

PC Jez Walmsley, Wildlife Crime Officer for Ryedale, said: “All of the residents of Ryedale should be proud to share our environment with such magnificent birds of prey, and we should all strive to protect them.”

Police are appealing for anyone who has any information about the incident to contact them. Dial 101, select option 2 and ask for PC Jeremy Walmsley or email jeremy.walmsley@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk. Please quote reference number 12160164830.

Last modified: November 4, 2016