Reward grows to protect rare birds in Nidderdale

The total reward for information is now 4,000.
The total reward for information is now 4,000.

Crimestoppers have joined community efforts to combat the killing of rare birds in Nidderdale, raising the total reward for information to £4,000.

Originally a pot of £3,000 was offered through local businesses, individuals and the RSPB before the boost of £1,000.

This effort to challenge illegal poisoning, shooting and trapping of birds in the area began after the discovery of a red kite carcass near Greenhow on Saturday, March 11.

Keith Tordoff, Chairman of the Nidderdale Chamber of Trade: “It is really important that we are all working together, that is individuals, businesses, RSPB and the police. It also gives people a point of contact and they can do this anonymously.

“This is taking this to another level and gives people the confidence to come forward and provide evidence and for the police to find the culprits.

“Its important as this is a deterrent, if we could get someone convicted then part of this process is education. They will get an education and they will be able to understand that there is no need to shoot these beautiful birds.

“This is an area of outstanding natural beauty, part of that is seeing these beautiful birds in the sky. It is disgusting that they are being poisoned and shot.”

It is also hoped that the reward could potentially become a annual offer and act as an ongoing deterrent.

Anyone with information can contact Crimestoppers anonmously on 0800 555 111 and quote the reference number 1210047155.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police and ask for PC 1452, David Mackay. You can also email him at david.mackay@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk