31/10/2007

Three Quizzed On Rare Birds Shooting

Three people are being questioned by Norfolk Police about the alleged shooting of two rare birds of prey on the Queen's Sandringham estate.

Earlier, it was revealed that Prince Harry and one of his friends were questioned by police following the alleged shooting of two hen harriers.

Prince Harry and his friend were on the Norfolk estate at the time the birds were reportedly shot down.

A statement issued by Clarence House said: "Because Prince Harry and a friend were in the area at the time, the police asked them if they have any information that could help. Unfortunately they had no knowledge of the alleged incident."

Hen harriers are rare in England. The birds are heavily persecuted because they feed on tame birds such as pheasants and grouses being reared for shoots.

The penalty for killing one is a £5,000 fine or a six-month prison sentence.

(KMcA)


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