“It’s finally been confirmed by post-mortem that the red kite found injured, and which later died, in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) last Spring had indeed been shot, as was widely suspected from the injuries it had sustained.
Chris Woodley-Stewart, Director of the North Pennines AONB Partnership, said: “This is not the first time that a kite has been illegally killed in this part of the North Pennines. There are so few raptors across the Northern uplands, primarily because of this illegal persecution.
“We are working with the police to raise awareness of raptor crime and will be following this up with a training event in the near future.
Inspector Ed Turner from Durham Constabulary said “This is totally unacceptable, someone must know who is involved or responsible for this and I would urge anyone with any information in relation to this incident to report it to the police”.
If you have any further information on this incident, please call Durham Police on 101 quoting reference number DHM230420180371 or the confidential Raptor Crime Hotline on 0300 999 0101. All calls are anonymous.