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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



Cleveland: Only police force to investigate all crimes

Cleveland Police is the only force in the country to investigate all crimes reported to it.

Cleveland's performance is in stark contrast to many other police forces, according to Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary - which suggests that many have given up on basic policing, because of a lack of resources.

There are 43 police forces in England and Wales. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
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Police need 'the tools to do the job'

Police need "the tools to do the job" if they are going to investigate every crime which is reported, a watchdog has told Good Morning Britain.

HMIC's Thomas Winsor said police did prioritise violent crimes but needed to be "properly supervised, properly lead and given the tools to do the job," if they were going to investigate more low level criminality.

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