Thieves make off with 30 pigeons

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CALLOUS thieves stole more than 30 pigeons and used ferrets to kill four baby birds during a break in at allotments in Wallsend last week.

Thirty-two Modena pigeons, three clipper pigeons and two fantail pigeons were taken from one of the allotments in West Street and four pigeons were killed in another, overnight on July 31.

They also caused damage and stole a canary from one of the allotments before making off.

The following night thieves broke into two more allotments in the same area.

Neighbourhood Inspector Kevin Benson said: “To see two incidents of this nature in two days is unusual and enquiries are underway to identify who is responsible for the break ins.

“Not only have the thieves stolen a large number of valuable pigeons they have purposely used a ferret to kill four baby pigeons that were kept inside a cage in one of the allotments.

“We are speaking to local residents and allotment owners about crime prevention advice and also carrying out extra patrols in the West Street area.

“I’d urge anyone who may have seen anyone hanging around the allotments over the last couple of evenings to contact us with information. I’d also ask that anyone who does see anyone behaving suspiciously in West Street to ring us and report it.

“I’d also ask that if anyone is offered any of the birds for sale that they should contact us.”

Any witnesses are asked to call police on 101 ext 69191.