FIREFIGHTERS were called out to rescue a bird of prey caught in a tree.
Eight firefighters from the North Tyneside East station in North Shields were called to Verne Road in West Chirton just after noon on Monday after receiving reports from passers-by about a red-tailed hawk being trapped upside down in a tree about 40ft off the ground.
The bird, believed to have been stuck in the tree for three days, was being attacked by other birds.
One firefighter was able to reach the bird and placed it in a bag provided by the RSPCA before bringing it down.
It was then examined by a vet and taken to a wildlife sanctuary in Northumberland.