Upset as neighbours discover shot dead birds in gardens

Police are investigating after a number of dead birds have been found in gardens around the Higham area, believed to have been shot.
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Rural Task Force officers have been notified of a number of incidents where dead crows and magpies have been found in gardens around Higham, particularly around Sabden Road, after being shot with an air weapon. This has caused a great deal of upset and anxiety to the residents who are finding these birds in their gardens.

A police spokesman said: "We are aware that under General Licences carrion crow can be culled in the course of conserving endangered wild birds, preventing attacks on livestock, spreading disease and taking feedstuffs along with preventing damage to crops, whilst magpies are limited to conserving endangered wild birds and attacks on livestock and thus at this time we have an open mind into the reasons why these birds may have been shot.

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"We would like to take the time to remind the person who is shooting these birds that if they are legally shooting them to be mindful and respectful of their neighbours. However if the person is doing this unlawfully we would urge you to stop or you will be liable to prosecution."

Anyone with information can contact police at [email protected]