Fifty two canaries have been stolen from a couple's back garden aviary.
Police say the elderly owners, of Hammonds Green, Southampton, have been left devastated by the theft, which was discovered on Tuesday morning.
The wife, 76, discovered the loss when she went to find out why she could not hear the birds singing.
The Gloster canaries, many of them bred by the woman's husband, 79, were taken after thieves cut off the padlock of the locked aviary, put the birds into 10 transport cages and removed them from the garden.
All the birds are ringed. The rings are either dark blue, red or black. They are valued at about £1,000.
Pc Sarah Tate, who is investigating the theft, said: "We believe someone in the area must have heard or seen something. Clearly, the thieves had transport, and they must have made several trips from the aviary to a vehicle."
Southampton's Ford factory has finally closed its doors this morning after the production of more than two million transit vans.
Staff worked their last shift and commemorated the closure with markings to a transit van.
The end of Transit van production at the Ford factory in Swaythling, Southampton ends the car company's 60-year association with the city.
Ford parts have been manufactured at the plant since 1953, while the first Transits were made there soon after the model's introduction in 1965.
Southampton's Ford factory has closed for good today today.
Staff at the Ford Transit plant have worked their last shift
More than 500 staff at the factory were told they were losing their jobs last October.
The plant has made more than two millions Transits, which were introduced by Ford in 1965
The last Ford Transit has come off of the production line at the company's Southampton plant, which closes for good on Friday.
More than 500 staff at the factory were told they were losing their jobs last October. The plant has made more than two millions Transits, which were introduced by Ford in 1965.
The last Ford Transit has come off of the production line at the company's Southampton plant, which closes for good on Friday. Over 500 staff at the Swaythling factory were told they were losing their jobs last October. Ford vans have been made there for over 60 years.
Hampshire Police have confirmed that a police officer has died following a road traffic collision in Thomas Lewis Way, Swaythling. The police officer was on duty and riding an unmarked police motorcycle when he was in collision with a silver BMW outside the Shell petrol station at around 2pm.
He was taken to Southampton General Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. His immediate next of kin and colleagues have been informed. The driver of the BMW, a 35-year-old man, sustained serious, but not life-threatening injuries. He was taken to Southampton General Hospital for treatment.
Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: “This is an immensely sad day for the constabulary and the force will be deeply affected".
Southampton Football Club has appointed Mauricio Pochettino as First Team Manager having relieved Nigel Adkins of his duties. #saintsfc
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