Firefighters respond to reports of a falcon 'trapped' on TV aerial

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Firefighters in Stapleford responded to an 'unusual' incident this week - a falcon trapped on a TV aerial.

The crew were called to Welch Avenue at 6.48pm on Thursday (October 26) after receiving a call from the worried owner.

He had been out "exercising" the Barbary falcon when it flew off.

Ray Burton, watch manager of Stapleford Fire Station, told the Post the falcon was fitted with a tracker so the owner was able to follow it.

He said: "It was a massive, massive bird and it just decided to fly away from the guy that was flying it.

"Luckily, it had a tracker attached to it so he was able to track it.

"The woman whose house it had landed on rang the RSPCA because she was concerned it was trapped."

The firefighters considered several rescue options, including using an aerial ladder platform, while the owner used a dead mouse as bait.

But the falcon had other ideas and after taking a "look at our crew" flew off.

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Mr Burton said: "At that point, the guy jumped in his car with his tracking device.

"It was a massive, magnificent bird. It was quite special to see."

The RSPCA, who also attended, has been contacted for comment.