POLICE are appealing for information after a dead buzzard was found at 11.45am on October 3on a footpath close to Hagg lane near Sherburn in Elmet. The bird was taken to a local vets to be x-rayed which revealed it contained what appeared to be eight pieces of shot.

Contact police on 101 with any information.

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said: “This is sadly yet another example of the unacceptable bird of prey persecution which blights our region. Killing wild birds is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and we are committed to putting a stop to this deplorable crime.”