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Cockerels found headless and hens stolen

The birds before the attack Credit: Amanda Middlesmass

Cleveland Police say 35 hens have been stolen and four cockerels found headless at an allotment in New Marske.

The animals were found after someone entered the allotment at the rear of New Marske Methodist Church overnight on Tuesday March 1 into Wednesday March 2.

To have someone find their animals killed in such a way is unthinkable and sickening. Anyone with information regarding the incident or those responsible is asked to contact police."

– PC Rowe, Cleveland Police

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