Rare birds shot dead

Bird welfare officers have launched an investigation after two rare birds of prey were found dead on the Queen's Sandringham estate.

SANDRINGHAM: Bird welfare officers have launched an investigation after two rare birds of prey were found dead on the Queen's Sandringham estate.

An allegation was made on Wednesday evening that the rare hen harriers were shot. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds said it was aware of the allegation and would assist with the inquiry if needed. Natural England are also assisting.

Norfolk police confirmed they are investigating a “wildlife offence” reported by a member of the public.

Only 15 active nesting sites are thought to exist for the hen harrier across the UK.

Witnesses should contact Dersingham Police Station on 0845 456 4567.

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