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Ostrich-like bird on the loose

Police in Worksop are on the lookout for a 6-feet tall ostrich-like bird.

A rhea is a 6ft tall flightless bird native to South America Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Officers were called just after 5pm this evening to a report of the rhea – a 6ft tall flightless bird native to South America – being reported missing from a private collection in Carlton-in-Lindrick.

The bird is understood to have gone missing between 5pm on Monday 22 June and 12pm on Tuesday 23 June 2015.

We are warning local people and particularly those with small children to be on their guard and not to approach the bird, which poses a very real threat to the public due to its size, aggressive nature and the unfamiliar surroundings it could find itself in. Officers are working with the owner to trace the bird as we look to bring his incident to a safe conclusion. If anyone sees this bird, please call 999 immediately, quoting incident number 601 of Tuesday 23 June.

– Inspector Paul Peatfield, Nottinghamshire Police

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Decision over controversial beagle breeding facility delayed

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Man arrested over fox cub find in barn

Police are appealing for information and witnesses after finding 16 fox cubs in a barn near Malton.

Found in a barn

The cubs - all aged from six to eight weeks old - were found by officers acting on intelligence in an outbuilding on the Birdsall Estate. They are now being cared for in an animal sanctuary outside North Yorkshire.

The foxes were being fed and had access to water, but police say they need further information as to how they got in the barn, why they were there, and who put them there.

A man has been arrested in connection with this incident, and has been released on police bail as the investigation continues.

These cubs had been taken out of the wild, and will have come from at least four different litters. I am appealing to anyone with any information about these foxes, particularly landowners and the communities of Birdsall, Leavening and Thixendale, to contact me. I also want to hear from anyone who is aware of earth being dug out or vixens being killed, as they could have important information that could assist the investigation.

– PC Jez Walmsley, Wildlife Crime Officer for the Ryedale area
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