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Firefighters Rescue Trapped Sparrowhawk

Bird owner Gary Shawe and Hanley Firefighter Paul Gilhooly

Firefighters from Hanley rescued a trapped Sparrowhawk from a tree close to Eaton Park Primary School on Arbourfield Drive in Berryhill yesterday.

"We were pleased to reunite the bird with its owner so it could recover safely back at home."

Stoke-on-Trent Assistant Area Commander, Andy Leedham

A call was received at 1.10pm from the concerned Head teacher of the Primary School, who could see the owner of the privately reared bird attempting to rescue the bird himself without success.

The Sparrowhawk was approximately 40ft up in the tree and had got the leather tethered to its feet caught in the branches.

The crew from Hanley used specialist working at heights equipment, including a 135ft ladder and a bow saw to safely free the bird and reunite it with its owner.

Stoke-on-Trent Assistant Area Commander, Andy Leedham said: "The owner was attempting to rescue the bird with friends but without any safety measures, therefore we attended to rescue the bird safely.

"The crew made a very difficult pitch of a ladder into the tree and combined with our specialist working at heights equipment and a bow saw were able to safely free the stricken bird of prey completely unharmed.

"We were pleased to reunite the bird with its owner so it could recover safely back at home."

Crews left the scene at just after 3pm.