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Swans 'shot by a gas canister' in Long Eaton

Swans are protected by law and it is an offence to intentionally injure, take or kill a wild swan. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Police in Derbyshire believe that someone may have shot wild swans with a gas canister before going on to pluck the feathers from the carcasses.

They've received several reports of dead swans in the Attenborough Gravel Pits area.

Swans are protected by law and it's an offence to intentionally injure, take or kill a wild swan.

Police are asking the public to report any suspicious behaviour.

”It potentially looks as if they had been shot by a gas canister and it is clear from the carcasses that the feathers had been plucked."

PCSO Paul Boss, Long Eaton Town Safer Neighbourhood Team.

Endangered dormice reintroduced to Nottinghamshire

The People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) will reintroduce the hazel dormouse to Nottinghamshire today.

A young dormouse looks curiously from the hand of its keeper Credit: PA

The range and population of the dormouse has diminished significantly over the past 100 years and the species is now vulnerable to extinction.

As part of the charity's national conservation programme, 40 captive-bred dormice will be released into the wild at a woodland in Nottinghamshire.