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UK police: hawk used to patrol skies and scare pigeons away from Wimbledon is stolen

In this with image taken Wednesday June 27, 2012 Rufus the Harrier Hawk, with handler Imogen Davies on Centre Court as he patrols the grounds to scare away pigeons during day three of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon England. Police said Saturday June 30, 2012 Rufus the hawk who was being used to patrol skies and deter pigeons from the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships has been stolen. (AP Photo/Stephen Pond/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE
June 30, 2012 - 11:18 AM

LONDON - Police say a hawk being used to patrol skies and deter pigeons from the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships has been stolen.

London police said Saturday that Rufus, the Harrier hawk, was stolen with its cage between Thursday night and Friday morning from a car parked on a private driveway in the southeastern suburb of Wimbledon.

The company that owns the hawk had left a rear window of the car open for ventilation, police say.

The hawk, a family pet, flies above the tennis lawns every day, scaring away smaller birds such as pigeons that could distract the players and bother the audience.

Hawks have been used to clear the skies above Wimbledon during the tournament for about 12 years.

News from © The Associated Press, 2012
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