Buzzard shot in Kent – Police appeal for information

Press statement from Kent Police (6 February 2023):


Kent Police’s Rural Task Force is investigating the shooting of a bird of prey in Otham, Maidstone.

At around 3.30pm on Friday 3 February 2023, a member of the public reported a buzzard had fallen into a garden in Otham Street after being shot.

It was taken to a veterinary surgery for treatment but had to be euthanised due to the extent of its injuries.

Buzzards are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and officers are urging witnesses or anyone with information to contact them.

A Common Buzzard. Photographer unknown

Police Sergeant Darren Walshaw said:

We are investigating this incident with colleagues from the RSPCA and suspect the bird was shot. We understand there were several people in the area at the time including walkers, residents in their gardens, and two people who were on the roof of a nearby property. We are urging anyone that can assist our enquiries to contact us“.

Witnesses should call 01622 604100, quoting Rural Task Force reference 16-23. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or complete the online form on the website.


One thought on “Buzzard shot in Kent – Police appeal for information”

  1. After so much criticism of some constabularies for the length of time it takes them to issue press releases following a raptor persecution incident. It is nice to see Kent Constabulary issuing this witness appeal only a few days after the reported incident.
    The wording of the appeal also suggests police officers have already made some initial enquiries when the incident was reported, hence the direct appeal to two people on a roof of a nearby property as well as walkers and residents in the area.
    Well done Kent Police, I hope people will come forward and help with this enquiry.

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