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At least two ducks have been killed at a pond in Poole after catapults were fired at them.
At around 4pm on Tuesday, 3 May 2011, a group of young men were seen firing catapults at ducks at Creekmoor Pond. At least two adult Mallards were killed.
Police Constable Claire Dinsdale, Poole Wildlife Crime Officer, said:
“This is a very distressing, not to mention highly reckless, offence that took place when families and dog walkers were using the area.
“It is currently the nesting season and many adult birds are trying to sit on eggs or feed their young.”
The men are all white and aged between 17 and 20. One man was around six feet tall and was wearing a turquoise blue T-shirt. Another man was in a white T-shirt.
PC Dinsdale continued:
“I am determined to bring these men to justice and prevent any future similar incidents.
“I am appealing for witnesses, and anyone with information about the men involved, to contact me as soon as possible.
“I would also appeal to anyone who uses the pond and nearby footpaths to be vigilant and call Dorset Police immediately if they witness any similar, irresponsible behaviour.”
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 01202 22 22 22 quoting incident number 3:356. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.