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Police in Totnes are appealing for information from the public after a swans’ nest was disturbed and eggs stolen from within.
The nest, which the swans have built next to the Riverside Walk near to the old town bridge, was raided and a clutch of eggs stolen earlier this year.
The swans laid a second clutch of eggs, but it appears the nest has again been tampered with and an attempt made to steal the new eggs.
The offenders may have been scared off and two of the eggs are now abandoned by the side of the nest and will not hatch.
There is also a rolled up piece of carpet or cardboard next to the nest, which is thought to have been used to protect the offender’s arm as they tried to steal from it.
A police wildlife crime officer is investigating the thefts and disturbances under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, a conviction under which can carry a custodial sentence.
Anyone with any information is asked to please contact police on 101 quoting crime ref. JS/14/422.
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