Swan found shot dead in North Tyneside

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A POLICE investigation has been launched after a swan was shot in North Tyneside.

The bird, from the Rising Sun Countryside Centre, Benton was discovered by the RSPCA on Friday, February 11, to have suffered injuries after being shot.

Unfortunately due to the severity of the injuries caused, the bird had to be put down, on Tuesday, February 15. This bird was the female of a breeding pair, leaving its mate alone.

A post mortem has found that the bird was shot at least three times by separate air weapons and police are investigating.

Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area of the Rising Sun Countryside Centre near the pond during day February 11.

Pc Mark Mennim, North Tyneside wildlife officer, said: “We are asking to the public to help us find those responsible for this incident.

“We want to reassure the public that incident of this type are most unusual, but we would ask people to be aware of this and to report any suspicious behaviour to officers straightaway.

“We want to make people aware that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated and we will take robust action against anyone we find who responsible for inflicting these injuries. The Wildlife and Countryside Act strictly prohibits the killing or taking of any wild birds and the penalties are severe.”

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call police on 03456 043043 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.