Forensic tests on the two birds discovered in April have revealed the cause of death as poisoning.

POLICE are launching an investigation after forensic tests have revealed two dead buzzards found in Chittlehampton were poisoned.

The birds were discovered in April and following the latest results officers are appealing to anyone who may have information.

Sergeant Dave Knight, wildlife crime officer: "The persecution of birds of prey is one of the national wildlife crime priorities.

"Sadly, the persecution of these birds still occurs and the manner of their poisoning is indiscriminate with potential lethal consequences for companion animals."

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111, quoting reference CS/13/215.