The RSPCA is appealing for information after a rare bird of prey was shot in Wellingborough.
The bird suffered a badly-injured wing and was taken to the East Winch Wildlife Centre in Norfolk. It was x-rayed and found to be peppered with shotgun pellets. The bird had to be put down.
Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act it is an offence to take, injure or kill a Red Kite and punishment can include fines up to £5,000 and/or a prison sentence of up to six months.