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Thousands of pounds worth of rare birds stolen in Staffordshire

Bullfinch cock Credit: Staffordshire Police

Police officers are appealing for information after valuable birds were stolen from a property in Tamworth at the weekend.

The 24 birds, which are worth around £8,500, were taken from an avery in the Belgrave area of the town between 9:30pm on Sunday and 8.30am on Monday.

Staffordshire Police is asking pet shop owners and breeders to be vigilant.


Pensioner devastated after thieves kill dozens of his birds

John Brennan is devastated after thieves stole scores of his birds and killed dozens more.

The attack, which lasted around 15 minutes, was caught on a CCTV camera inside the aviary.

Mr Brennan is now considering what more he can do to improve security.

Scores of birds were stolen or killed in the attack Credit: ITV Central
Mr Brennan is considering ways to improve security Credit: ITV Central
Thieves cut through the wire in order to get to the birds Credit: ITV Central
More than half of Mr Brennan's 180 strong flock was stolen or killed Credit: ITV Central
Birds like these were stolen and killed in the attack Credit: ITV Central

CCTV of thief who stole and killed scores of birds

This CCTV footage shows a thief forcing his way into John Brennan's aviary at night. He holds a torch in his mouth.

For fifteen minutes, he grabs at birds with a net, stuffing them into his pockets. At one point passing close to the camera.

Mr Brennan says he's shocked and devastated.

His garden is surrounded by high fences and barbed wire, but he's now considering what more security measures he can take.