Man arrested at Ulverston farm over death of red kites

Grizedale red kite
Image caption Red kites are protected by law

A man has been arrested over the illegal killing of protected red kites in Cumbria.

The arrest followed a police raid on a farm in the Ulverston area on Tuesday, during which a number of firearms and illegally held poisons were seized.

A Cumbria Police spokesman said the man was arrested on suspicion of intentionally killing a protected wild bird and firearms offences.

Red kites are protected under the Wildlife Act.

Officers from Natural England assisted police officers in the search of the farm.

The force spokesman said: "The operation came about as a result of inquiries into the illegal poisoning and shooting of red kites.

"A number of illegal poisons and pesticides were found and removed and several firearms seized.

"The items removed from the farm will be safely disposed of by Natural England."

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