Appeal for information after ducks killed in Hartley Wintney
Published: Thursday, May 26, 2016
We are appealing for more information after a number of wild birds were killed at the duck pond in Hartley Wintney.
The incident took place sometime between 7pm on Monday, May 23 and 1pm on Tuesday, May 24 at the duck pond near the junction of Fleet Road and High Street.
During this time period, an unknown number of people have used an air rifle or something similar to shoot dead the majority of birds at the pond.
The birds that died are described as two recently-born geese, two wild ducks, a female Muscovy duck and one Moorhen.
Another duck had been shot in the head but was recovered by a member of the public and taken to the local vets. It is expected to make a full recovery.
PC Geoff Hill, of Farnborough police station, said: “It is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to kill, injure or take any wild bird.
“The duck pond is at the heart of the village and has provided amusement for generations of families.
“It is disgusting that someone should curtail this by killing innocent and defenceless wildlife.”