Police issue warning after chicken rustlers strike across Norfolk

Thursday, June 5, 2014
9:10 AM

Police are warning chicken owners in Norfolk to be on their guard after a rise in the number of thefts in the last two months.

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There were ten incidents of chickens being stolen from gardens since April 1.

A total of 51 chickens were stolen during two thefts in the Thurton and Loddon areas, 30 were taken from an address in Bergh Apton, 17 were taken from an address in Stockton and 16 were taken from three addresses in the Costessey area.

A further four chickens were stolen from an address in Ditchingham, four were stolen from an address in Hardwick and two were taken from an address in Easton.

Chief Inspector Stuart Armes, Policing Commander for South Norfolk, said: “We have seen a significant rise recently in the number of chickens being stolen from gardens.

“I would encourage anyone that keeps chickens to review their security and be on their guard against anyone who suddenly shows an interest in their birds. “We would also be interested to hear from anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity, including being offered cheap chickens for eating or breeding.”

Anyone with information should contact Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Have you been affected by the chicken rustlers? Email polly.grice@archant.co.uk

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