Devon & Cornwall Police join Operation Owl

From Devon & Cornwall Police:

Neighbourhood Officers working across Devon and Cornwall this weekend are taking part in Operation Owl which is a national campaign to raise awareness of raptor persecution, which is the illegal killing of birds of prey.

This can take the form of shooting, poisoning or trapping; on occasion, it can also be linked to the preservation of other interests such as game species or pigeons.

Despite this, species such as golden eagles, peregrine falcons, buzzards, red kites, hen harriers, and more are shot, poisoned, and illegally trapped, as well as having their nests disturbed.

Operation Owl is a national initiative to help stop this practice and bring offenders to justice.

Inspector Andrew Tomlinson, Force Wildlife Crime Co-ordinator, said: “Devon and Cornwall Constabulary are pleased to participate in Operation Owl, a national campaign to raise the awareness of the illegal killing of birds of prey.

“Fortunately such offences are rare in our area, but we are warning the public that these are protected species and killing them is a criminal offence which the police will investigate.

“Officers across the force will be paying particular attention to rural locations over the weekend and would be happy to speak to anyone who is concerned about suspicious activity.

“In the UK all wild birds, their nests, and their eggs are protected by law. It is against the law to intentionally kill, injure, or take wild birds and offences can carry a prison sentence of up to six months.

“If you have any information please contact us on 101@dc.police.uk.”

You can also pass on information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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