£1,000 bird of prey stolen after aviary targeted

TARGETED: Owner Stephen Marr believes his goshawk Vadim was specifically stolen.
TARGETED: Owner Stephen Marr believes his goshawk Vadim was specifically stolen.
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A BIRD of prey worth £1,000 has been stolen from a house in Easington.

Stephen Marr’s Finnish/Russian goshawk – known as Vadim – was taken from its aviary at the rear of the family home in Laburnum Crescent, sometime between 10.30pm and 7am on Saturday night.

THEFT APPEAL: Stephen Marr is appealing for the return of goshawk Vadim.

THEFT APPEAL: Stephen Marr is appealing for the return of goshawk Vadim.

“I went out on Saturday night and he was asleep in the corner,” he said.

When there was no sign of the bird the next morning, Stephen initially thought he must still be asleep on the floor.

“Then I looked at the locks – they had been bent back and were just hanging off the door.”

Stephen believes the thieves knew exactly what they were doing.

They obviously knew where they were going. I have quite a few aviaries, but they have just targeted that one.

Stephen Marr

“My next-door neighbour has cameras, but they have come though a blind spot,” he said.

“They obviously knew where they were going.

“I have quite a few aviaries, but they have just targeted that one.

“They have gone straight past the other aviaries and just gone for him.”

Stephen is hopeful that Vadim may have escaped when the aviary was broken into and confident the bird will be able to fend for himself if so.

“He is a good hunting bird, so if he has got out, he should be alright,” he said.

“I paid £1,000 for him four years ago – I would be quite happy to offer a reward of £500.”

Vadim has an orange ring on each leg.

A Durham police spokeswoman confirmed the force had received a report of the theft.

Officers are due to visit Mr Marr this evening as part of their inquiries.

Anyone who sees Vadim in the Easington area, is offered a goshawk for sale, or who has any information about the break-in, can contact police on 101 or Stephen on 07837 709 927.