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Red kite killers branded 'disgraceful' after sixth death in two months

Six red kites have been killed in two months Credit: Ivan Ellison

Police have branded the killers of protected red kites in North Yorkshire "disgraceful" after the latest in a series of fatalities.

On Monday, a member of the public found the body of an adult red kite that had been shot dead at Timble Ings, between Harrogate and Skipton.

In the last two months, six red kites have been shot or poisoned in North Yorkshire.

Red kites are majestic birds, and it is wonderful to see them soaring in the skies above North Yorkshire. It has taken many years to re-introduce them after they were persecuted to extinction in the UK.

“The extent of persecution of these birds is nothing short of disgraceful, and people will quite rightly be shocked by these cruel and totally unacceptable criminal acts.”

– PC Gareth Jones, wildlife crime co-ordinator, North Yorkshire Police

Happy ending for cow ... with head stuck in tree

North Yorkshire fire and rescue service have posted pictures of a rather unusual call out ..... to release a cow with its head stuck in a tree! Luckily the animal seemed none the worse for its ordeal at Northallerton.


Stubborn swan blocks motorway

A high traffic alert is in place after the outside lane of a motorway has been blocked - by a stubborn swan.

The feathery traveller decided to take a break on the outside lane of the busy M180 this morning.

Road police are on their way to the scene, between J2 and J3 eastbound near Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, after the bird refused to take flight.

Lucy and Trip Hazard's BGT hopes rest on 'wild card'

Lucy Heath's dreams of winning Britain's Got Talent have been all but dashed when she and her dog Trip Hazard failed to get voted through to the finals.

Lucy, from Billngborough in South Lincolnshire, was hoping the double act would become another canine winner of the competition but they failed to get through tonight's semi-finals. Their only hope now is that they make it to the final on Saturday on a 'wild card'.

Lucy Heath and Trip Hazard
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