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.
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