Police hunting thief who stole birds of prey from sanctuary


Police are continuing enquiries and appealing for information following the theft of two birds of prey yesterday (Tuesday).

Just before 10am police were called to a report of a break-in at the bird sanctuary at Loch Lomond Shores, Ben Lomond Way, Balloch.

Two Harris Hawks had been stolen from the centre.


Two Harris Hawks were stolen from the centre



Police are now looking at CCTV footage and urging anyone with information to come forward.

Constable Andrew Crawford, Argyll and West Dunbartonshire Division’s Wildlife Crime Liaison Officer, said: “Detectives are currently carrying out enquiries in the local area to gather more information on this crime and who is responsible.

“They are studying CCTV footage and speaking to people in the local area in case they witnessed anything vital to this investigation.

“The theft took place between 5pm on Monday 2 March and 9.30am on Tuesday 3 March.

“I would urge anyone who may have been in the local area around those times who has information to come forward.”

He added: “Birds of Prey are part of Scotland’s identity and I would also ask anyone who may have information on the whereabouts of these two birds to contact Police Scotland as a matter of urgency to ensure their safe recovery.”