Police interview man re: shot red kite in Nidderdale

North Yorkshire Police have issued a further appeal for information about the shooting of a red kite in Nidderdale.

The kite was found near Greenhow in Nidderdale on Saturday 11th March 2017 (see here). Since then, a number of rewards have been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved. One of these rewards has been offered by local businesses in nearby Pateley Bridge (see here).

Last month North Yorkshire Police interviewed a local man in connection with the incident and now they are appealing again for more information.

PC David Mackay, a Wildlife Crime Officer from the North Yorkshire Police Rural Task Force said: “We have had a good response so far from the public to our appeal for information, and I am urging anyone who has not yet come forward to do so now. This lengthy investigation shows that we take bird of prey persecution extremely seriously“.

North Yorkshire Police is being supported in the investigation by the Yorkshire Red Kites group. Doug Simpson, the Yorkshire Red Kite Co-ordinator, said: “I am pleased to hear of the progress made in this case. I would encourage anyone with any information not yet reported to contact the police as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Wildlife Crime Officer David Mackay:  david.mackay@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk and quote reference number 12170047155. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The grouse moor areas of Nidderdale and the neighbouring Yorkshire Dales National Park are well known raptor persecution hotspots. In the last ten years (2007-2017), twenty six red kites have been confirmed as victims of illegal persecution in North Yorkshire (18 poisoned, 8 shot). Twenty two of those red kites were killed in Nidderdale or the National Park. Earlier this year the RSPB wrote a blog about red kite persecution in this region and produced this shocking map:

Well done North Yorkshire Police for persistence with this latest investigation (see press release here).

Red kite photo by Richard Stonier


7 Responses to “Police interview man re: shot red kite in Nidderdale”

  1. August 2, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    I do hope if the culprit is found after this diligent research, they get the maximum punishment possible and not just a token slap on the wrist.

  2. August 2, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Is there any info. on the interviewed local man’s occupation ?

    • 4 Paul V Irving
      August 2, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      I don’t think there is and unless the case goes to court we are unlikely to find out. I could guess but that is all it would be. It is interesting to note that during a recent conversation with a birding colleague who has a sister living in the ” Heart of Darkness” that are the grouse moors of the Nidderdale AONB. I was told that at least one local landowner has told his keeper to leave kites alone. Apparently the keeper was not a happy man but it is long past time they learnt to obey the law.
      There are certainly more Kites around in the upper Dale areas at the moment perhaps the reward and local outrage is having the desired effect. Time will tell.
      In answer to Reg Oakleys hope the record of the courts in this area is not that great when it comes to wildlife crime.

  3. 5 Chris Roberts
    August 2, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    I wish Police Scotland would do more to stamp out the illegal slaughter of Red Kites in Black Isle area. Well done PC David Mackay for your diligent work.

  4. 6 Peter Dunn
    August 2, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    After all the criticism NYP has had in the past year or so, it’s great to see they have grasped the nettle here and proud to have been one of the original WCOs ( or WLOs when I served) of a force where raptor persecution has been a growing problem. Well done PC David Mackay, keep digging!

  5. 7 Northern Diver
    August 2, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    I spoke to one of the local businesses who put up the reward and they had received hate mail & threats and nasty things through letter boxes. I will make a point of supporting those businesses when I can . Brave people – a credit to North Yorkshire – does much to offset the criminal landowning element and their underlings.

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