An investigation has been launched into the death of a swan in Sussex after it was discovered apparently having been shot in the head.
The body of the bird was found floating in a stream in the Ratham Lane area of Bosham in West Sussex, at the beginning of the month.
If caught, the culprit could face a hefty sentence. Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 anyone caught deliberately trying to injure a wild bird, or kill or take it without a licence, can face up to six months in prison and/or a fine of up to £5,000.
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