Doncaster police hunt people responsible for 'shocking act of violence' against sparrowhawk found dead in plastic bag

Doncaster detectives have launched an investigation after a sparrowhawk shot dead with a pellet gun was dumped in a plastic bag, having been stuck to a bamboo stick with glue.

Friday, 27th May 2022, 7:09 am
Updated Friday, 27th May 2022, 7:11 am

Launching an appeal this week, South Yorkshire Police said a dead sparrowhawk was found in a plastic bag in a drainage ditch in the Thorne area, close to the canal, on Sunday, April 10.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesperson said the bird of prey is believed to have been killed deliberately.

When the sparrowhawk was discovered by a member of the public, it had been stuck to a bamboo stick with glue.

Police are investigating after a dead sparrowhawk, believed to have been shot with a pellet gun, was found in Doncaster last month

Investigating officer PC Sarah Barrowcliffe said: “Sparrowhawks are a protected species and it is an offence to harm them.

“This was a shocking act of violence against a beautiful and defenceless bird, and officers are working hard to identify those responsible.

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“SYP is committed to the investigation of serious wildlife offences, including the killing of birds of prey.”

The South Yorkshire Police spokesperson added that following an examination of the sparrowhawk, it was determined that the bird had been shot with a pellet gun.

Sparrowhawks are a protected species, under Section 1 of The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

If you have any information that can help officers, please call 101, quoting incident number 918 of April 11.

Alternatively, you can stay completely anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers via their website or by calling their UK Contact Centre on 0800 555 111.