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se­cured for his son through the MIB was part of a legacy Jamie re­mains grate­ful for.

“I wasn’t get­ting help else­where in the sys­tem but my fa­ther was de­ter­mined and I am very glad he did it. The MIB sent some­one up to see me, asked what I wanted to do with my life – I told them I wanted to do fal­conry – and helped me go about it,” he said.

Af­ter as­sess­ing Jamie for rehabilitation needs the MIB set him up with a car, en­abled him to move into a suit­able flat closer to his home town and helped him se­cure a job in fal­conry at an out­door ac­tiv­ity cen­tre.

Jamie took over the fal­conry busi­ness three years ago and, now 30, uses his birds at the Turn­berry Fal­conry Cen­tre for dis­plays, ed­u­ca­tion, par­ties and even wed­dings.

But with the com­pen­sa­tion claim only now in its fi­nal stages – the other party was fi­nally traced and taken to court but not pinned down for the of­fence – the MIB has con­tin­ued to pro­vide sup­port.

“They have helped me here and there, such as when­ever I have needed new parts for my leg,” Jamie said.

“I don’t know what I would have done with­out them.”

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