Wildlife chicks hatched from seized eggs
Four wild birds have hatched out of eggs seized by police during a raid at a house.
The four eggs, three Golden Plover and one curlew, were found among a collection of 200 birds' eggs at the house in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
Police, along with Royal Society for the Protection of Birds officers found seven eggs in an incubator. After taking them to safety three Golden Plover chicks and one Curlew hatched and have been released.
A 63-year-old man has been arrested and released under investigation as inquiries are carried out by South Yorkshire Police, the National Wildlife Crime Unit and the RSPB.
The eggs from the incubator were taken to a nursery in Thorgumbald, East Yorkshire, where they were kept until they hatched.
Charles Hardcastle from the nursery, said: "When we first received the eggs we were concerned they might not hatch.
"But these ones did and we managed to rear three lovely Plovers and one lovely Curlew.
"These birds would have had no chance of life had they been left as they were.
Howard Jones, RSPB Investigations Officer, said: "We're delighted to see a happy end to this story. Thankfully very few egg collecting cases come to light these days, but finding live eggs, which have then gone on to hatch, is unprecedented."