Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

College burglars steal bird of prey

The Harris hawk, named Prince, was stolen from an agricultural college in Dorset over the weekend
The Harris hawk, named Prince, was stolen from an agricultural college in Dorset over the weekend

A rare bird of prey has been stolen during a burglary.

The Harris hawk, named Prince, was stolen from an agricultural college in Dorset over the weekend.

Police said the incident happened some time between 4.30pm on September 21 and 10.30am the following day at Kingston Maurward Agricultural College in Dorchester.

Pc Chris Meade said the burglars forced entry to an aviary at the college and stole the bird.

"I am appealing to anyone who may have information about this burglary, or saw any suspicious behaviour prior to or after the incident to come forward," he said.

"This appears to have been a planned attack and the offenders have made off with a rare bird which belongs to the college itself.

"Prince is distinctive in appearance in that the tip of his right wing has been clipped.

"Staff at Kingston Maurward are extremely keen to have Prince returned as there are fears the offenders may not know how to look after him properly.

"I would also like to hear from anyone who may have been offered a Harris hawk for sale or may have seen one advertised in strange circumstances."

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