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Rogue Swan causes 'traffic chaos' in Lincoln

Traffic was brought to a standstill yesterday on Wigford Way in Lincoln, when an ambitious swan made a break for freedom from the River Witham.

Luckily, Lincolnshire Police were on hand to shepherd the feathered hazard back in to the water.

Our reporter Adam Fowler witnessed the drama unfold and is happy to report that traffic was soon flowing again. Also, the swan did not appear too crestfallen that its attempt at a new life in another river had been thwarted.

Swan "shot dead" in Doncaster

Police are appealing for witnesses after reports were received of a swan being shot dead in Doncaster.

The incident is reported to have happened whilst a pair of swans were nesting on a pond behind Carcroft Enterprise Park.

The swan is believed to have been shot with an air rifle.

The offenders are described as a white teenage boy, who spoke with a local accent, and two white boys aged around ten. It is believed the teenager fired the weapon and told an eye-witness he would shoot him next.

Anyone with information about the incident, which happened between 5pm and 6pm on Friday April 19, are urged to contact South Yorkshire Police on 101.


Horror attack by dog on swan

The RSPCA has condemned what it's called a shocking attack on a swan by a dog at a nature reserve. The attack was filmed by a wildlife warden and the bird was so badly injured it had to be put down. Animal welfare officers say just as disturbing was the casual reaction of the dog's owner. T

he incident was filmed by a warden who said the man seemed seemed unconcerned.Sarah Clark's report contains images which some viewers may find distressing.

Police investigate Lincoln swan attacks

A police investigation is starting following the third attack on swans in the centre of Lincoln in the last six months. In the latest case one of the birds on Brayford Pool was bludgeoned with a stick covered in nails and thrown into the back of a van.

An eyewitness claims he saw five men lure the swan away from the water with bread before beating it unconscious using sticks on the evening of Tuesday 13th March. The men then put the bird in the back of a black van and drove away.

Swans are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and it is an offence to intentionally injure, kill or take a wild bird.

Lincolnshire Police say they are working closely with the RSPCA to trace whoever is responsible.