Two swans who have made their home on the lake in Middleton Park over recent years were found shot today (30 November 2023). The male died at the site, but the female has survived and is being cared for by Yorkshire Swan Rescue.
In a statement, West yorkshire Police said:
“Police received a report earlier today that two swans had been shot in Middleton Park, Leeds. The report was received at 11:58am this morning.
“One of the swans has sadly died while the other has been taken to a sanctuary. Criminal offences have been recorded and officers from Leeds South Neighbourhood Policing Team are investigating the matter.
“Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact West Yorkshire Police by calling 101 or go online at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat quoting reference 0629 of 30/11.
“Alternatively, call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Alan Shaw, Chair of the Friends of Middleton Park, said on Facebook:
“The Friends are absolutely devastated. Personally I can’t understand why and how anyone could have done this.
“Surely someone will know something … And that person should know that swans are protected birds so you can expect a hefty penalty when you are caught. And that person should also know that those swans were loved and the community is rightly very angry and upset. Come on someone, do the right thing and tell the police what you know. Very happy for people to message us and we’ll pass it on anonymously if that helps.”
Photo: Charlie N
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