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Full report: Bird theft leaves 79-year-old 'devastated'

An award-winning bird fancier has spoken of his heartache after thieves stole some of his prize winning birds.

John Bell, from Maryport, has travelled the country with his show birds and won a host of top awards.

However, last night twenty of his best canaries were taken, and he believes they were stolen to order.

Kenny Toal has this report:


Prize winning canaries stolen from Maryport shed

A 79-year-old man has been left 'devastated' after 20 of his prize winning canaries were stolen form his shed near Maryport.

The theft happened in the early hours of this morning (18th March), from a shed on Maryport Road in Dearham.

John Bell is well known in the area for showing his birds across the country.

The birds are a mixture of Gloucester canaries with green and yellow colours, and among the group were a bright orange 'red factor', one cinnamon hen and two brown and orange 'mules'.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Workington Police Station by calling 101 or alternatively contact crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“This is a particularly heartless crime where a thief or thieves have deliberately targeted the shed for specific birds.

"There’s no doubt that the animals will have been distressed during the crime and their owner has been left upset that his prize winning birds have been taken.

“Stealing twenty birds without making a noise will have been extremely difficult – if not impossible –so it is likely that local residents may have heard a disturbance.

“We are determined to catch the thieves responsible and trace the distinctive birds so we can reunite them with their owner.

– PC Matt Brannan, Cumbria Police

£50k jewellery stolen from Borders home

Around £50,000 worth of jewellery has been stolen from a house in the Scottish Borders.

The break-in was discovered at around 4.15pm on Friday (15th February) at a property in Main Street near Duns in Berwickshire.

A family member returned to the house to find various pieces of expensive jewellery had been taken.

Lothian and Borders Police are keen to trace the driver of a white Transit van, seen in the area at the time.

"The property owners have been left devastated by the theft of their jewellery and are keen to have the items returned as soon as possible.

"We would like to hear from anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious in the Main Street area of Gavinton between the 9th and 15th February and are particularly keen to speak to those who remember seeing a white Transit van, which was seen outside the address on Friday afternoon.

"Similarly, anyone with any other information that can assist with our investigation is also asked to come forward."

– Detective Constable Keith Brydon, Lothian and Borders Police


£50,000 equipment stolen in raid

Thieves have made off with more than £50,000 of equipment following a raid on a Borders bus depot.They struck at Munro's of Jedburgh in the town's Bongate overnight on Sunday when three large mechanic tool boxes and contents were stolen along with a quantity of parts and tyres.

Last month around £3,000 in cash was stolen during another break-in at the firm's Oakvale Garage.

A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police said the latest raid happened between 10.30p.mhours on Sunday and 4.45a.m. on Monday.He added:

"Anyone who in the area of the garage and surrounding area and remembers seeing anything suspicious and anyone with information is asked to contact Police."

Anyone with any information can contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or the charity Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111

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