Kestrel chicks were rescued by a specialist wildlife police officer from the clutches of a bird poaching suspect who'd taken them from a Wolverhampton church-top nest.
July 2013. Police, who were called to reports of metal thieves attacking the roof of St Mary's Church, Bushbury, were shocked to find not lead but four baby birds of prey stuffed inside a bag in the foot-well of a car parked on site.
Wolverhampton response officers had the chicks taken to an RSPCA shelter following the find - in the early hours of June 19 - before locating the nest some 50ft off the ground. With the help of ladders supplied by Green Watch, of Fallings Park Fire Service, officers returned the chicks to their home later that afternoon - and five weeks later PC Chris Watson, who was one of the first officers on the scene, was thrilled to watch the fledged birds fly the nest.