Updated: Police confirm latest North Yorkshire Red Kite death was a result of shooting

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Police have slammed the “totally unacceptable” shooting of Red Kites after confirming another bird found yesterday had been shot.

The wild bird was discovered on Tuesday in Timble Ings, a large area of upland woodland situated between Harrogate and Skipton and a well-known hotspot for birdwatchers.

The Red Kite, which may have been killed some time before it was found, was taken to a vet and X-rayed before a number of shotgun pellets were found inside it.

North Yorkshire Police have now been alerted to the suspicious deaths of 10 Red Kites, killed through either shooting or poisoning in recent months.

Police Constable Gareth Jones, wildlife crime coordinator at North Yorkshire Police, said: “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 reintroduce 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.”

Police first launched an investigation into the death of the birds in April when a Red Kite was found shot on farmland near Nidd in Harrogate before being put down by a vet.

Anyone who witnessed any suspicious behaviour at Timble Ings approximately two weeks ago is urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also email gareth.jones1237@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk.