Police say owl was struck by a vehicle and not shot

A barn owl.
A barn owl.

Police investigating the death of a barn owl found dead at Whitby Golf Club have said it was likely struck by a vehicle, and not shot, as was first believed.

An examination of the injuries has revealed that the bird of prey likely met its end after being hit by a car.

People had reacted in shock when the bird was first found, believing it had been deliberately shot.