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RSPCA probes village's spate of duck deaths.

Byline: DAVE ROBSON dave.robson@trinitymirror.com @Daverobson_gaz

MORE dead ducks in a North Yorkshire village have prompted an appeal for information from the RSPCA.

Two ducks have been found dead - probably after being run over - this week in The Holme, Great Broughton.

The grim discovery follows the deaths of several more ducks in the same area during the last three weeks.

The RSPCA was first called on Sunday, July 24 by a member of the public who had reportedly seen a dead duck at the verge by the road.

When an RSPCA inspector visited the site, unfortunately she could find no trace of the duck's body. However, three days later on Wednesday, July 27 and as reported in The Gazette, another caller reported four more ducks found dead in the same road, by the river walkway in The Holme.

Several more calls from members of the public followed. RSPCA inspector Clare Wilson said: "Sadly ducks are occasionally killed on roads by accident or by predators and their remains left in public places, but these recurring deaths are a concern.

"Most of the ducks appear to have been run over by a vehicle; however two had cuts to their necks.

"Hitting one duck could have been an accident, but two this week, and four last week, suggest that this could be more sinister.

"It's really upsetting for the locals to have found more bodies of ducks, and so I'm very keen to speak to anybody who might have some vital information that could lead us to discover how these ducks are being killed.

"Anyone with any information can call me in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018."

Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 it is illegal to deliberately take, injure or kill wild birds or interfere with their nest or eggs, unless under licence.

The maximum penalty, if found guilty of intent, is six months in prison and a PS5,000 fine.

|To help the RSPCA investigate cases, text HELP to 78866 to give PS3 (texts costs PS3 + one standard network rate message).

Live ducks beside the road at The Holme, Great Broughton, where several have been found dead

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 11, 2016
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