POLICE are investigating the death of a peregrine falcon after it was 'shot with a pellet gun'.

The birds are classed as a protected schedule one bird.

Police were called to Bingley Three Rise Locks around 2.22pm this afternoon by a number of passers-by and the lock keeper.

After initial inspection, it was determined the bird had been shot with a pellet gun and sadly died as a result of its injuries.

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: "Police were called during the afternoon of Tuesday August 11 by a vets surgery which made a third party report of a  Peregrine Falcon dying after being shot with a pellet gun.

"Officers have recorded a crime for the killing of a protected schedule one bird and initial enquiries are underway."

Anyone who has information about the incident is asked to contact the Bingley NPT on 101, referencing crime number 132004033337

Information can also be given online via the live chat system (click here to be directed) or anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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