A £150 reward has been offered to help catch the person who killed a swan with a crossbow and wounded her mate in Dorset. The birds were discovered on Thursday night near Bournemouth’s historic Throop Mill. The male swan has been released back on to the River Stour.
The RSPCA has described the incident as despicable, mindless and cruelty. It's using forensic testing of the recovered bolts to try to trace whoever fired them.
Police would like to speak to a tall man who was seen at Throop Mill at around 6.15 pm on Wednesday, with a black and red crossbow over his shoulder. He is in his late 40s with weathered, tanned, shaven skin.