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Rare birds seized in Burntwood raid

One of the sparrow hawks seized by police

One of the sparrow hawks seized by police

Four rare sparrow hawks were recovered in an early morning raid near Burntwood involving police and wildlife crime officers.

The protected birds were found in cages at an isolated house off Walsall Road, near Muckley Corner.

Officers from the National Wildlife Crime Unit, supported by neighbourhood police officers from Trent Valley, swooped on the property shortly after 8am yesterday (July 28).

The young birds were removed from the premises and are now being cared for by the RSPCA before being released back into the wild sometime in the future.

Andy McWilliam, investigative support officer for the national wildlife unit, explained that sparrow hawks were protected under the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside act.

“Unfortunately, this kind of offence is far too common and we carry out similar operations throughout the country. We hope this latest raid sends out a very strong message to anyone considering taking or harming protected birds that specialist officers will investigate and bring offenders before the courts.”

He also urged anyone with information about wildlife crime to contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Calls to Crimestoppers are free from landlines and callers do not have to leave their name or give any information which may identify them. People giving information may be able to claim a reward for the arrest and conviction of offenders.

A 36-year-old man from the Walsall Wood area was arrested as part of the operation and later released on bail pending further enquiries.

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1 Comment

  1. chris

    29th July, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    a forum had been trying to fined this lad for adges yeeess glad u got it