Man in his 70s arrested in connection with bird of prey shooting

A man’s been arrested in connection with the shooting of five birds in Wordwell near to Bury St Edmunds.

The male in his 70s and from the Brandon area was arrested today (Monday 27 March) on suspicion of killing/taking a schedule 1 wild bird, possession of a schedule one wild bird and breach of firearms licence conditions.

The five birds of prey were found on Monday 16 January, having been left in a parking area just off from the B1106 in Kings Forest, near Wordwell. X-rays were undertaken which showed all five birds had suffered injuries from multiple pieces of shot.

X-Rays showing the shot – Suffolk Police

Officers from Suffolk’s Rural and Wildlife Policing Team were assisted by Norfolk police colleagues, as well as officers from the RSPB Investigations team and the National Wildlife Crime Unit.

The man has been taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre for questioning where he remains.

All birds of prey are protected by law, and to kill or injure one could result in jail and/or an unlimited fine.