'Suspicious items' unearthed after police raid Barnsley house in connection with poisoned peregrine falcon

Police discovered ‘suspicious items’ after a warrant was executed at house in Barnsley in connection with the poisoning of a protected wild bird.

Tuesday, 17th November 2020, 4:02 pm

Last month officers from South Yorkshire Police appealed for help in finding those responsible for poisoning a juvenile peregrine falcon in the Fish Dam area.

Intelligence from the public assisted officers from the Barnsley Central Neighbourhood Team, the force’s Wildlife and Rural Co-ordinators, Crime Scene Investigation and members of the RSPB to carry out a search of a property on Abbots Road today (November 17).

PC Fran Robbs de la Hoyde said: “Peregrine Falcons are an important part of our local ecosystems, and are protected under The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Officers being briefed before a house raid in connection with a poisoned peregrine falcon.

“It’s a shame shame that someone would wish to harm these animals in such a deliberate act. The bird is believed to have ingested bait laced with toxic substances.

“This morning we executed a warrant and found a number of suspicious items.

“We are committed to protecting our wildlife and will ensure that those responsible are brought before the courts.

"We are stronger with our communities help and we are always grateful for those who take the time to read, respond and share information in which they have to help officers with their enquiries.”

An investigation into the people involved in the offence is ongoing.

In these confusing and worrying times, local journalism is more vital than ever. Thanks to everyone who helps us ask the questions that matter by taking out a subscription or buying a paper. We stand together. Nancy Fielder, editor.