Harris hawk stolen from Morecambe aviary

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A valuable bird of prey has been stolen from an aviary in Morecambe.

The nine-year-old Harris hawk - called Tilly - was taken from the yard of a house on Euston Road on Monday, November 18.

Lancashire Police are appealing for information over the theft, which they believe happened between 7am and 6.30pm.

The bird was stolen from a bolted aviary after being fed by its owner, who left to go to work.

It has two bells on each leg and a ring on its left leg and is worth around £200.

PC Nicola Hayton, of Lancashire Police, said: “The owner of the bird was understandably upset when he returned home to find his hawk gone so I would appeal to anyone with any information about the whereabouts of the hawk or the persons responsible to contact Lancaster Police on 101.

“The offenders would have needed to scale a 2.5 metre wall to get into the yard as the gate was locked so I would also be keen to hear from anybody that witnessed any disturbance or saw anybody acting suspiciously in the area.”

Anyone with information can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.