EDP offers £500 to catch the Upwell swan killer

RSPCA inspector Justin Stubbs with the shot swan at Upwell. RSPCA inspector Justin Stubbs with the shot swan at Upwell.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
9:01 AM

A £500 reward is on offer to catch the maniac who horrifically shot a swan twice with a crossbow.

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A £500 reward is on offer to catch the maniac who shot a swan twice with a crossbow, leaving it with horrific injuries.

• Swan shot twice by crossbow on Fen river, dies five days later
• Photos: Swan fought for its life at East Winch after being shot twice with a crossbow

The female bird was found on the Well Creek in Upwell, near Downham Market, last weekend with two bolts - one in its shoulder and a second deeply embedded in her flank. RSPCA workers at the East Winch wildlife centre desperately tried to save it.

EDP community editor Chris Bishop said: “We’re offering £500 for any information which leads to the conviction of the person responsible for this horrific act.

“Villagers and people who use our waterways are appalled anyone could treat our wildlife like this. If you know anything, let us know and we’ll notify the relevant authorities.”

The attack comes two weeks after a goose was shot with the same or similar weapon used in nearby Elm, where the bird is still recovering at the East Winch wildlife centre.

Alison Charles, manager of the centre, said that it is thought that the bolts had been in the swan for a while before she was found.

She added: “It was so sad. We thought we could save her, but she got a secondary infection and was so poorly the vet had to put her to sleep.

“I would say to the person who done it - please stop, it’s so heartbreaking.”

RSPCA inspector Justin Stubbs who found the swan, said: I think that it could be the same person who shot the goose shot the swan - it’s too much of a coincidence.”

Do you know who did it? E-mail newsdesk@archant.co.uk

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