Appeal after kestrel found dead

A DEAD kestrel – thought to have been shot in the chest by an air rifle – has been found in Taddington.

The bird was found by a couple in their garden off Main Road on Saturday, October 22.

PC Sandra Wetton, Safer Neighbourhood officer for the area, said: “There are no circumstances in which a kestrel can be legally shot and we would encourage anybody with information about the shooting or poisoning of birds of prey to contact police.”

The officer is appealing for anyone with information about the incident to contact Derbyshire police by calling 101, the new national police non-emergency number, or even the Crimestoppers number anonymously on 0800 555 111.