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Officers investigating the theft of eggs from a Marsh Harrier's nest in Guist in Norfolk are appealing for anyone who may have seen a man in a dark vehicle parked in the area to come forward.
The theft is believed to have taken place on Sunday 10 May 2015 when unknown person/s stole the eggs from a nest located on the marsh off Bridge Road.
However, new information has now revealed a black Renault Clio was seen in the area during the evenings the week prior to the theft.
A man described as aged in his mid-50s, with brown hair of slim to medium build and wearing a camouflage jacket was in the vehicle and appeared to be taking photographs with a long lens camera.
The same vehicle is believed to have been seen parked next to Guist Bridge at around 9pm on the Friday (8 May 2015).
Marsh Harriers are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and officers would like to hear from anyone who believes they may have seen such a vehicle in the area or spotted any other suspicious behaviour.
Nature reserves are a prime target for egg thieves across the Eastern region and their wardens work closely with officers and the RSPB Investigations Section to report suspicious activity.
A reward of £1000 has been offered for information which leads to the conviction of the person responsible in this case.
Notices are displayed in some of the nature reserves alerting the public to the possibility that egg thieves may be operating in the area. Anyone with information about egg thefts should contact Norfolk Constabulary quoting 'Operation Compass' on 101.
Anyone with information relating to the recent theft should contact PC Jason Pegden at Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
An animal charity is appealing for information after a cat was shot and killed with an air rifle in Essex.
Wilma, a 10-year-old tabby, was discovered at the Ongar allotments on Friday May 1 at about 9.20am having last been seen by her owner earlier that morning.
A bang, which may have been the weapon, was heard around 8.50am.
"Poor Wilma was shot with a high-velocity air rifle which just missed the heart. It seems likely someone was aiming straight for her.
"Unfortunately this kind of thing is more common than we would like - cats, like wildlife, are more vulnerable to such attacks simply because they are out there in the open, unprotected."
A golden eagle reported missing this morning is safely back on his perch having been found just half a mile from his home.
An eagle-eyed member of the public called police at about 11.50am and the six-year-old bird was returned to its owner just south of Stratford St Mary in Suffolk.
A golden eagle has escaped and flown away from its home in Suffolk.
It was reported missing from a private property just south of Stratford St Mary, between Ipswich and Colchester, on Wednesday morning.
Due to high winds, officers think the eagle is likely to head north.
The large bird - which has a ring and tethers on - has recently been fed but it is possible it could still prey on small animals.
The public have been urged not to approach the bird, but to call Suffolk Police on 101, quoting reference CAD 128, if they spot it.
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