Owner is reunited with stolen £1,000 bird of prey

REUNITED: Stephen Marr and his two-year-old son Keaton reunited with Vadim the goshawk.
REUNITED: Stephen Marr and his two-year-old son Keaton reunited with Vadim the goshawk.
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VADIM the Goshawk is home.

The £1,000 bird of prey has been reunited with owner Stephen Marr after apparently being dumped from a car.

He seems okay - the ring is missing from his leg and his tail is damaged but in himself he seems alright.

Stephen Marr

Vadim was stolen after intruders broke into an aviary at the rear of bird-lover Stephen’s home in Laburnum Crescent, Easington Village, last weekend.

But he is now back home after being spotted at allotments nearby by Stephen’s friend Jonathan Defty.

“Jonathan has been out hunting with us before, so he knew what he was looking at,” said Stephen.

“My cousin and I went round and found Vadim sitting there.

“He just let me pick him up,” he said.

“He seems okay - the ring is missing from his leg and his tail is damaged but in himself he seems alright.”

Stephen has been told the bird was spotted being dropped off from a car shortly before he recovered it.

“A woman came to see my dad, to tell him she had seen him being dropped off from a car.”

Stephen believes the thieves may have seen scared off by all the publicity surrounding the break-in.

“I think it is because of all the people in the area who know what had happened,” he said.

“Quite a few people had read about it.”