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Wimbledon Tennis pigeon-scaring hawk stolen

Category: England

Published: 30th Jun 2012 15:04:50

A harrier hawk used to scare pigeons away at Wimbledon's tennis championships has been stolen.

Police said the bird, named Rufus, was stolen with his cage overnight between Thursday and Friday.

The bird was in a car parked on a private drive in Wimbledon with the rear window open for ventilation.

Officers said Rufus was also a family pet and have described his owners as being very "distressed" over the theft of the bird.

Police said the working bird of prey deters pigeons purely by its presence.

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