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Grim warning as ducks are found shot.

A CALL has gone out to ban crossbows and air rifles in public places after two ducks were shot dead in separate incidents in Warwickshire.

Geoff Grewcock, who runs the Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary, in Nuneaton, has made the plea with the grim warning: "It could be your child next."

He wants the government to consider outlawing crossbows and air guns before someone is killed while walking along a canal towpath or in a public park.

Mr Grewcock made his call following two sickening incidents over the weekend.

In Leamington, a duck was shot in the head with a crossbow bolt in Newbold Comyn Park on Saturday afternoon. Three youths, aged between 15 and 17, were seen running off towards Radford Semele. One of them was hiding the crossbow under his coat.

Twenty-four hours later, police alerted Mr Grewcock and his staff to a duck badly injured on the footpath of the Cock and Bear bridge, overlooking the Coventry Canal in Nuneaton.

Mr Grewcock said: "The mallard was in a lot of distress on the pavement and was seen by a lot of people.

"It had crawled up the bank to die. When we got there, we picked it up and it died in our arms. It had been shot in the head with a pellet."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Mar 20, 2007
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