Thursday, 20 March 2014



Police are appealing for information following several reports of birds being shot at. On Sunday, February 23rd at around 11.00am, a member of the public saw a group of youths with a yellow catapult hanging around the Hall Drive area of Sandiacre. The person also reported finding a decapitated blackbird.

Around 3pm on Tuesday, March 4, two separate reports saw three young men using slingshots around the canal on the Broxstowe side in Long Eaton. It is believed they were trying to target and kill birds. They are described as being of large build and were wearing dark trousers and wellingtons.
Two of them were wearing camouflage jackets and the other one was wearing a fleece jacket and a woolley hat. They were also described as having four Patterdale dogs and an Irish wolfhound. PCSO Laura Buchanan from the Sandiacre Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said:
" The two separate incidents are not believed to be connected but we are appealing for witnesses or any information surrounding either of these two episodes. This is terrible not only for the poor animals being targeted but also for members of the public who happen to come across a bird or animal that has been hit. Please contact our team straightaway if you have any knowledge about who these people are or if you see this type of activity taking place in the neighbourhood."

Alan Charles, Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, has said that tackling wildlife crime is a priority within his police and crime plan, he said: “Any form of cruelty, whether it is against people, animals or birds is totally unacceptable and we need information to help us tackle it.

“I’ve made it clear that wildlife and rural crime is a priority within our agreed local policing plan but it’s really important that people report any concerns to the police. If they prefer they can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, which just this week has launched a campaign to raise awareness of rural and wildlife crime.”

To contact the Sandiacre policing team please call: 101 in an emergency always call: 999