Two stolen Harrier hawks have been returned to their Loanhead owner after an anonymous tip-off.
Unemployed gamekeeper Barry Shaw received an anonymous message, via the internet, that the valuable birds of prey would be found in a cat box behind the old Chinese restaurant at Burdiehouse.
Three-year-old Jess had been injured – with her wing feathers singed by a lighter and her tail feathers cut – while four-year-old Luckie was missing a tail feather. Jess had also lost weight during her ordeal.
“I got a call on Saturday afternoon and they said they had my birds and I wasn’t getting them back.”
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