Black Isle Farms raided by police officers-suspected connection to raptor poisoning.

Police search outbuildings and barns

Police search outbuildings and barns

The Black Isle community believe police who raided a number farms in the area this morning are investigating the illegal killing of 17 birds of prey around the Conon Bridge area.

Up to 10 police cars and vans pulled up outside the farms and began searching farm houses, outbuildings, barns and bins.

A spokesman said: “Police are currently conducting searches in the Conon Brae area as part of ongoing enquiries into a wildlife crime investigation regarding the death of 17 birds of prey consisting of 13 red kites and four buzzards.

“Landowners in the area are cooperating with the searches.”

The move comes as the reward for information following the deaths rises.

A group of farmers and landowners from the Moray Firth have come together and pledged a reward of £12,000 for information about the deaths of the 17 birds of prey in the Highlands.

It brings the reward total to £25,000.

The reward will be paid for information that leads to the successful prosecution of the perpetrators of this crime. Any information on the deaths should be given directly to the police by calling 101. If anyone would like to contribute to this reward they should contact Brahan Estate directly via email reward@brahan.com

 

Officers investigate farms on the Black Isle

Officers investigate farms on the Black Isle
Police cars and vans pull up outside a farm on Black Isle

Police cars and vans pull up outside a farm on Black Isle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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