Less than two weeks ago Essex Police announced they were working with the RSPB to investigate the suspicious death of a red kite found in the Uttlesford district (see here).
This morning, Police Wildlife Crime Officer Jed Raven has informed me of another incident, this time the shooting of a red kite.
[A red kite, photo by Geoff Snowball]
The details are limited but here is what has been provided so far:
Crime reference number: 42/265786/21
14 November 2021, 2pm.
Galleywood Road, Chelmsford, Essex
Suspect(s) unknown have shot a red kite using what is believed to be a shot gun. The red kite was shot through its wing.
It’s not clear whether the shooting was witnessed and took place at this location at the stated time, or whether this time and location is where the injured kite was discovered.
I understand the kite is currently at a wildlife hospital but I don’t know whether it survived its injuries.
Hopefully more information will emerge as the investigation progresses.
Many thanks to PC Jed Raven for getting the news out. If anyone has any information about this latest crime please contact Essex Police on Tel: 101 and quote crime reference 42/265786/21.
UPDATE 21st November 2021: Update on shot red kite in Essex (here)
UPDATE 14th December 2021: Shot red kite successfully rehabilitated and released in Essex (here)