Men who were suspected of illegally trapping and killing an owl in west Suffolk will not be charged

Tawny owl

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Two men who were suspected by police of being responsible for the illegal trapping and killing of a tawny owl in west Suffolk will not be charged.

Anne-Marie Breach, a spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary, said the 35-year-old and 36-year-old have been released from their bails and will face no further action.

It is understood there was insufficient evidence against the pair to proceed with a prosecution.

The incident occurred in Fakenham Magna, near Thetford, on December 4.

The men, who are from Thetford, were arrested on suspicion of committing a wildlife offence and also perverting the course of justice.

It followed a call for police to attend woodland in Fakenham Magna.

The suspects were taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre for questioning, before being released on bail until January 6 pending further enquiries.

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The men were then re-bailed until today.

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