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Fox trapped in "inhumane and cruel snare" in Suffolk

The fox trapped in a wire snare. Credit: RSPCA.

An animal charity has slammed the use of an "inhumane and cruel" snare after a fox was found hanging from the wires in Suffolk.

RSPCA inspectors believe it had been intentionally set up to catch foxes. It was 2ft off the ground on a wire fence in woodland off Barningham Road in Stanton, near Bury St Edmunds.

The animal was caught around the waist when he was discovered, meaning it did not cause serious injury, but could have resulted in far more suffering.

Chris Nice, an RSPCA inspector, said the fox would have starved to death if he had not been found. It took 40 minutes to cut it free.

"Snares can cause a huge amount of pain and distress and can be fatal. The use of them on animals is inhumane and cruel.

"People need to be aware that they leave themselves open to prosecution if they are using illegal traps or not setting and checking them correctly."

– Chris Nice, RSPCA.

The fox had a cut foot but was release back to the wild straight away to avoid causing it extra stress.

Corrie's Mum says claims over airman's private life could damage investigation

Following another search for missing Suffolk airman Corrie McKeague his Mum has hit out at newspaper coverage of his private life.

Corrie went missing from Bury St Edmunds in September and yesterday rescue teams combed woodland near Thetford.

Nicola Urquart claims publicity over his use of dating apps and internet sites could jeopardise any chance of finding him.

Missing airman Corrie McKeague Credit: Suffolk Police

Huge public search for airman Corrie McKeague

Search teams waiting to begin on Sunday morning. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A huge search team including dogs and a drone are continuing the hunt for missing airman Corrie McKeague.

The 23-year-old, who is based at RAF Honington in Suffolk, disappeared after a night out in Bury St Edmunds in September 2016.

It is thought he may have attempted to walk back to his barracks 10 miles away and extensive searches have been carried out along the route.

Airman Corrie McKeague has been missing since September. Credit: Facebook.

Today's search will focus on an area close to the Fiveways junction of the A11 near Mildenhall.

Mr McKeague's family, including his mother Nicola Urquhart, are among those searching along with 40 members of the public.

They will join the 60-strong search team from Suffolk Lowland Rescue Service as well as four search dogs trained to seek out human remains.


Corrie McKeague 'was member of online dating sites', mother says

Corrie McKeague disappeared after a night out in September 2016.

Missing RAF serviceman Corrie McKeague was a member of an online swingers club and other dating sites, his mother has confirmed.

Nicola Urquhart made the comments on the Find Corrie Facebook page.

She wrote that Corrie and his girlfriend April, who is expecting is baby, were "were on dating sites, they are young and were enjoying themselves".

"They were both seeing other people, this has not been hidden," she added.

Ms Urquhart said she chose not to delete his account with an online swingers site because she wanted to make sure officers searching for her son had the full information.

"What was far more important than a little embarrassment was that the police were informed immediately and given every ability to ensure this did not have anything to do with Corrie's disappearance."

– Nicola Urquhart, writing on the 'Find Corrie' Facebook page

Corrie, who is based at RAF Honington in Suffolk, disappeared after a night out in Bury St Edmunds in September 2016.

There have been extensive searches to find the 23-year-old, but his whereabouts are still unknown.

Dogs trained to sniff out bodies being used to look for Corrie in town centre

Specially-trained dogs are being used to look for Corrie in Bury St Edmunds Credit: Family picture

The mother of missing airman Corrie McKeague has revealed that search dogs specially trained to find bodies are being used to look for him in Bury St Edmunds.

Corrie vanished on September 24 last year following a night out with friends in the town.

His mum Nicola Urquhart has told the Find Corrie Facebook page that police have authorised searchers from Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue to use the specially-trained dogs in the town centre.

She posted the comment after receiving inquiries from concerned supporters. She says she'll update the page when the search is complete and has thanked everyone for their support.

It's with mixed emotions that I can let you know the police have authorised SULSAR to use Cadaver dogs in specific areas in the town centre, i will update you once this has been completed.

– Nicola Urquhart
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