Northumbria Police posted the following appeal for information on their Facebook page on 9th December 2021:
We want to identify these two men after a protected wild barn owl and its nestlings were stolen by thieves. An investigation has been ongoing since the early hours of October 27 after it was reported two men had been seen trespassing at farm off Follingsby Lane, West Boldon. It was reported that the offenders stole an adult barn owl and five chicks from their habitat before making off. We have been carrying out a range of enquiries into the theft, which has caused significant upset. All those targeted are wild birds who are protected by law. Now, as part of our investigation, we have released the images of two men who we would like to identify. They were seen in the area at the time of the offence and could have valuable information that could assist with the investigation.
The men, or anyone who recognises them, can contact us via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of our website or by calling 101 quoting log NP-20211027-0182.
Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.