Kestrel shot dead in Taddington

Common Kestrel
Common Kestrel

POLICE are appealing for information after a kestrel was found dead in Taddington village.

It was reported to police on Saturday, October 22 by a couple who found the bird in their garden off Main Road.

Officers believe that the kestrel had been shot in the chest by an air rifle.

PC Sandra Wetton, Safer Neighbourhood officer for the area, said: “There are no circumstances in which a kestrel can be legally shot and we would encourage anybody with information about the shooting or poisoning of birds of prey to contact police.”

Anyone with information should contact Derbyshire police by calling 101, the new national police non-emergency number.

Alternatively, you can pass on information anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.