Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Dead Swans - Police Appeal for witnesses

Devon and Cornwall Police Wildlife Crime Officers are investigating after six Mute Swans were found dead in Restronguet Creek, Devoran. Wildlife Crime Officer PC619 Barry Nicholas was initially alerted to two dead Mute Swans by a member of the public who had seen the bodies on mudflats opposite Greenbank Road. Closer inspection revealed the birds to have been be-headed.
A search around the area lead to the discovery of a further four Mute Swan carcasses in various states of decomposition. PC6427 Paul Freestone, Wildlife Crimes SPOC for Cornwall said “At this time we have no way of knowing how these Swans died but the fact that they have had their heads removed leads us to believe that they were killed illegally”. PC Nicholas added, “Killing a Mute Swan would constitute an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and I would encourage anyone who has any information regarding the deaths of these birds to contact the Wildlife Crimes Team”. Anyone with information please ring Devon and Cornwall Police on 101 quoting ref: GT/13/1987