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Buzzard found in North Yorkshire with horrific injuries from shotgun

This buzzard was found today at Skipwith in North Yorkshire, with horrific injuries caused by a shotgun.

[UPDATE 11/11/18: This bird was picked up just of King Rudding Lane on Thursday 8 Nov 2018]

According to Jean Thorpe (raptor rehabilitator extraordinaire) the buzzard was found alive but with a broken shoulder and humerus. She thinks its injuries were so severe it would not have been able to fly from the location where it was shot.

If anyone has any information please contact Police Wildlife Crime Officer Jez Walmsley at Malton Police Station (Tel: 101) or the RSPB Raptor Crime Hotline (Tel: 0300-999-0101).

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16 Responses to “Buzzard found in North Yorkshire with horrific injuries from shotgun”


  1. November 10, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    This criminality will eventually end driven game shooting [ why else would anyone commit these crimes ?] but it will be a very long fight and won’t be won without political change.

    Keep up the pressure !

  2. November 10, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    That’s the way to do it.
    Publicise it the same day, with a location, ask people to contact the police if they have information.
    It’s what happens with crimes against people and property.
    Why does it not happen with all wildlife crime?
    It can’t be because it might interfere with the investigation and lead to no prosecution. There are only very rarely prosecutions when we only hear about them months later (Let’s face it, months too late).
    I’d really like an answer to this conundrum.

  3. 4 Mike Whitehouse
    November 10, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    “Publicise it the same day, with a location, ask people to contact the police if they have information”.

    Could not agree more however it might be because this crime was committed nowhere near a Grouse Moor hence the prompt reaction?

  4. 5 Caro McAdam
    November 10, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    It’s Saturday, isn’t it. Lots of idiots up for a weekend’s shooting, gung ho with a gun in their hands, blasting away at anything… Well done to N Yorks for getting this out so quickly.

  5. 6 Dougie
    November 10, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Good fast police response. !!!

  6. November 10, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    For clarity, this news didn’t come via the police. Jean Thorpe posted it on social media.

    • November 10, 2018 at 9:00 pm

      That explains it, then.
      No further explanation necessary.
      Except…
      Why can it not happen with wildlife crime for all alleged offences?
      Is there a different protocol, and if there is, where is it and who wrote it?

      • November 10, 2018 at 9:53 pm

        Alex, it will depend on the circumstances of each case.

        If there’s plenty of evidence laying around (e.g. poisoned baits, illegally-set traps etc) then it pays not to alert any potential suspects before a police search as this would give them the chance to hide any other potentially incriminating evidence.

        • November 10, 2018 at 11:27 pm

          OK, I understand, and I do realise you have complained of delays in previous cases.
          Presumably then searches have taken place if there is a delay in asking for help. I suppose a search should be conducted within a couple of weeks at the most, and any evidence collected would need to be examined, if there is any, which might delay matters. If that does not add to the knowledge, I suppose we should expect a call for the public to help at that point, unless there is another reason for delay. I’m struggling to think what that could potentially be. I don’t see much point in taking suspects in for interview who have been trained to parrot “No comment” in training sessions where they have also been told not to be caught, sorry that should be trained not to commit unlawful acts. In any event If suspects are interviewed all are well aware that there is an ongoing case, and little reason not to make an appeal. Each delay means that the public is less likely to be able to help.
          In other cases not involving wildlife crime, I’ve seen calls for assistance from the public before or whilst searches are carried out. I’m still struggling to think why months or many months seem to be involved in past wildlife crime cases, particularly if poisons are involved.
          I would not be surprised if there is some other reason for the delay, such as a a different protocol that is followed. It might say “Wait 3-6 months to see if anyone comes forward without a public appeal, then make an appeal”, or something similar in effect if not in wording. That would certainly fit a lot of wildlife crime cases, and this case was a surprise, which you have explained by stating the source of the information.

  7. November 11, 2018 at 6:29 am

    As the first comment on this page states it will be the end of driven game shooting, but not yet and it will need a political change away from the conservatives.

    • 13 Dougie
      November 11, 2018 at 4:48 pm

      The Scottish Parliament has been in operation for 20 years. Never been a conservative power nor has there been more than a small number of conservative MP’s.
      The improvement that has made to wildlife persecution can be described in a round figure – a big fat ZERO !

  8. 14 Paul V Irving
    November 11, 2018 at 9:45 am

    Skipwith Common itself is a national nature reserve however it is surrounded by agricultural land containing several large pheasant shoots ( as well as some very good wildlife aware farmers). It may be of course that some of those shoots take place on a Friday or Saturday, the most popular shooting days in my experience.
    Buzzards are reasonably established in the area but certainly not at carrying capacity last time I was there and the sad victim of this pointless crime is an adult.

  9. November 11, 2018 at 10:01 am

    I have given this matter more thought in relation to appeals to the public for help. We do know that in England and Wales there is a Memorandum of Understanding
    http://www.nwcu.police.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/MoU_Signed_Final_Document.pdf
    still in existence which controls how wildlife crimes apart from poaching are handled by the police, which means in effect that the police have an obligation to discuss with other bodies (perhaps leading to delays) and indeed hand over certain powers to other bodies when handling wildlife crimes such as this one.
    To my mind, and certainly with no evidence, I am prepared to suggest that the following may well be explained by such matters:
    1. The long delays between the discovery of a potential crime and the issuing of an appeal to the public for information which is so evident in wildlife crimes, and no others.
    2. The decisions to agree that the correct ‘penalty’ for a wildlife crime is often the issuing of a police caution when other protocols would suggest that a ‘proper’ charge should be issued. We do know that charging in wildlife crime cases is not solely a matter for the police but that cases “should be referred to the CPS for a charging decision.”
    This does relate in a many ways to my petition before the Scottish Parliament at the present time, hopefully to be considered by the Environment etc. committee during or before the wildlife crime report 2017 is considered in January. My consideration of matters I have become aware of since I submitted the petition in March has led me to an unsettling conclusion as to why I needed to submit a petition at all.
    I have written a post in my website in support of the petition which suggests why the decision to bring the 2 (actually I suggest 3 were considered) cases to an end because it was stated that the evidence due to be heard was inadmissible. I am confident from consideration of the law and correspondence that in at least one case the evidence was admissible and propose a timeline of events to show how over a period of years it became important for the Crown Office to finally make a decision. I am wondering if I reveal this to MSPs (and thus the the Crown office) in my submission it may damage the hoped for success of my petition, particularly as I still hope to have one part enacted in this legislative session. I likely still have a month to make up my mind.


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