Kent police question man and seize gun
Police questioned a man and seized a weapon after a heron was shot from the sky.
Patrons of a wildlife conservation project have previously claimed that a poacher fired a shotgun at the protected species as it flew over Ramsgate.
This followed reports of vile shooters flocking to Little Cliffsend near Pegwell Bay and preying on the animals.
No arrests were made, but police confirmed last night that they spoke to a man about the Gray Heron murder at Chalk Hill on the morning of Saturday, October 16.
A spokesperson said: “Officers conducted a non-detention interview with a man in connection with the incident and a weapon was seized as the investigation continues.”
The heron is protected at all times under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, with fines or prison terms imposed on anyone who kills or attempts to kill one.
Following the incident, a spokesperson for Wildlife Conservation in Thanet told KentOnline: âNature faces all kinds of threats – from habitat loss to declining food sources.
âThe added threat of unnecessary fire like this is outrageous.
âThe area where this heron was illegally slaughtered is next to the county’s most valuable nature reserve.
“So we are deeply concerned about this activity that takes place here because we are getting real rarities.
“We have had reports from this area in the past, but this time they have fortunately been filmed.”
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