Lincolnshire Police are investigating suspected poisonings of birds of prey

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Lincolnshire Police’s Rural Crime Action Team (RCAT) is investigating the suspected poisoning of three birds of prey in the Belchford area of ​​Horncastle.

On October 4, the team conducted a multi-agency search in the area with officers from the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU), RSPB and Natural England. Various items were recovered during the searches, which the RCAT says are related to the offenses under investigation. The offenses include the alleged poisoning of three birds of prey: two common buzzards and a red kite.


A red kite was among suspected poisoned raptors recently discovered in Lincolnshire (Jonathan Bull).

Inspector Jason Baxter, of the Lincolnshire Special Operations Unit, said: ‘Lincolnshire Police will not tolerate the persecution of our wildlife and any breaches reported to us will be investigated thoroughly and promptly. and offenders will be dealt with rigorously.”

Investigations are ongoing and a male suspect has been identified and will be interviewed in due course.

The investigating officer, Detective Constable Aaron Flint, commented: “A number of birds of prey appear to have been poisoned in the Horncastle area. We invite anyone with information to contact us.”

If any members of the public have any information that could help the investigation, please call 101, email [email protected] or via Crimestoppers, quoting incident number 22000367672.

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