Buzzard shot and killed at North Yorkshire beauty spot

POLICE are appealing for information after a buzzard was shot and killed at a North Yorkshire beauty spot.

Police are investigating after a buzzard was shot and killed in North Yorkshire

An investigation was launched after a dead buzzard was found on February 1 in woodland near the River Skell in High Skelding near the village of Grantley in Nidderdale.

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Police arranged for an x-ray at a local vet, which showed the bird had been shot. It is thought to have been shot between January 31 and February 1

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: " Buzzards, along with all wild birds, are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and it is a criminal offence to kill or injure any wild bird."

Call police with information on 101, quoting crime reference number 12170018791.