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Kent Police’s Rural Task Force is investigating the shooting of a bird of prey in Otham, Maidstone.

At around 3.30pm on Friday 3 February 2023, a member of the public reported a buzzard had fallen into a garden in Otham Street after being shot.

It was taken to a veterinary surgery for treatment but had to be put down due to the extent of its injuries.

Buzzards are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and officers are urging witnesses or anyone with information to contact them.

Police Sergeant Darren Walshaw said: ‘We are investigating this incident with colleagues from the RSPCA and suspect the bird was shot.

‘We understand there were several people in the area at the time including walkers, residents in their gardens, and two people who were on the roof of a nearby property. We are urging anyone that can assist our enquiries to contact us.’

Witnesses should call 01622 604100, quoting Rural Task Force reference 16-23. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or complete the online form on the website.

By Ed

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