Reports of youths ‘throwing stones’ and killing birds at Nottingham park

A councillor has called for action after reports of swans and geese at a Nottingham park being targeted by people throwing stones. The incidents have reportedly been taking place at Vernon Park in Basford.

Linda Woodings, a labour councillor who represents the area, was first notified by her friend that a swan had died after it had been hit by stones on Tuesday, April 12, while laying near its eggs. Another social media post suggests a goose had to be put down after being badly hurt by youths at the park.

It claimed three teenage boys had been laughing about how they hitting the goose with rocks, which left the animal with a fractured neck and without use of its neck after the incident on Monday, April 11. Cllr Woodings told Nottinghamshire Live : “I go there all the time. It’s really, really sad that people would do this as some form of entertainment.

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“It is a criminal offence to target defenceless animals like this. I would like to see some sort of protective barrier put up to protect the swans from something like this happening again.

“It’s so awful that people think this is acceptable, that it is an OK thing to do. I really want to ask people who visit now to be on the lookout and to call 101 if they see anything. We need to identify them and they need to understand the consequences of their actions. So please, keep your eyes peeled and ring it through if you see anything straight away.

“That way we can actually stop this from happening again and we can get this kind of behaviour stopped.”

The RSPCA has been approached for comment.

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