Northern Ireland

Harry Potter type owls seized by police in Lurgan

Owls Image copyright PSNI
Image caption Barn owls are legislated for under the Wildlife and Natural Environment Act

It is a story more prisoner of County Armagh than Prisoner of Azkaban.

Four barn owls have been seized by police after a property search in Lurgan.

Officers had received a report that the owls were being held and sold on the internet without the appropriate licences.

The species - which gained worldwide recognition following a prominent role in the Harry Potter series - is subject to wildlife licensing legislation.

Police said that enquiries are continuing.