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Sabotage suspected in prize budgie killing.

Summary: Budgie breeder suspects sabotage after prize birds are kidnapped and killed

A top budgerigar breeder spoke of his devastation after returning home to find his champion bird killed in a suspected sabotage attack by a rival.

Andrew Pooley, 58, discovered his prize bird Penmead Pride had been stamped on and 21 others birds had been stolen.

Mr Pooley, of Delabole, Cornwall, suspects he was the victim of sabotage by a rival breeder and the incident is being investigated by police.

The killing happened the night before the Cornwall Budgerigar Show - where Penmead Pride was crowned champion last year.

Since the attack seven more birds have died, forcing Mr Pooley to pull out of the competition altogether.

The missing birds are worth Au2,000 and their breeder is desperately appealing for their captor to return them to him.

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Publication:Independent Television News Limited (ITN)
Date:Sep 11, 2010
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