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Swan shot in Bournemouth

Police are appealing for witnesses after a swan was shot in Bournemouth.

The bird was shot in the Throop area of the town at Throop Mill Pond, and sadly died.

This is an extremely callous and heartless crime.It is not clear at this time what weapon was used, but it is believed to be a type of firearm and a popping sound was heard at the time of the incident.

In particular I would like to speak to a group of people, four men and one woman, who were seen in the area at the time with a white Lurcher and a small terrier like dog. I believe that they may be able to assist with the investigation and I urge them to come forward.

Witnesses and anyone with information are asked to contact the police on 101 as soon as possible.”

– Police Constable Gemma Wallbridge, Bournemouth police


PICTURES: Swan on tracks causes delays at Winchester

A swan at Winchester train station disrupted services this morning Credit: @TimDalton

Trains leaving and arriving Winchester were disrupted this morning because a swan was on the train tracks.

It was eventually rescued by a train worker Credit: @TimDalton

It happened in the middle of rush hour, 8 am and caused a train running between Birmingham and Bournemouth to be delayed by 30 minutes.It was eventually rescued by a worker and passed on to the RSPCA.

Queen's swan "barbecued"

One of the Queen's swans was apparently "barbecued" and left on a river bank near Windsor Castle, an animal charity has said.

The bird was butchered and stripped of its flesh before its carcass was dumped

close to the water on Baths Island in Berkshire.

Wendy Hermon, 46, of the charity Swan Lifeline which cares for sick and injured birds, said she discovered the "sickening" scene on Sunday afternoon.

"It was just a carcass, it was all burnt. "It was done neatly, presumably to get at the meat."

"We have no idea how it was killed, it could have been shot or beaten."

All wild mute swans in Britain are considered to be the property of the Crown and it is an offence to kill one.


Pollution hits swans - Environment Agency statement

Swan being cleaned at site. Credit: ITV Meridian

The Environment Agency received reports on Friday night from members of the public that oil was seen on the River Thames near Eton Bridge in Windsor.

We immediately contacted Thames Water who attended the site over night to help identify and isolate any potential source of the pollution.

Environment Agency Officers have been on site working with Thames Water contractors and have found that oil coming into the River Thames has stopped with no oil coming from any of the surface outfalls or other potential sources. Most of the oil has now dispersed.

Although swans have been affected by the oil floating on the surface, high dilution of the River Thames has minimised the impacts of the pollution. In order to minimise the possibility of oil entering the Thames we will be carrying out riverside checks and will continue to monitor the situation.

A spokesman said: "We are still investigating the source of the oil and therefore we cannot confirm where it originated. However, owing to the nature of the incident and the fact that the oil dispersed fairly quickly it is likely to have been illegally disposed down a surface water drain.

"Members of the public can report pollution incidents to us via our free Incident Hotline on 0800 807060.

"Overall water quality has improved over past two decades so when pollution incidents like this occur we take them very seriously.”

Ongoing mystery surrounds oil spill that hit 150 swans

Some of the swans rescued from oil spill in the River Thames

Investigations are continuing into what may have caused an oil spill which led to around 150 swans having to be rescued from the River Thames between Windsor Bridge and Eton Bridge over the weekend.

The birds have been cleaned by the Swanlife charity

The Environment Agency has said the mystery substance could have been caused by illegal flytipping, leakage from boats or tanks, or faulty drainage.

It is hoped that the birds, which are being cared for by charity Swan Lifeline, can be released on Tuesday.

All swans contaminated in mystery oil spill rescued

Swans contaminated in oil spill are being cared for by a rescue charity

A spokesperson from the Environment Agency has said all the swans hit by a mysterious oil spill along the River Thames in Berkshire have been removed from the water. More than eighty of the birds are being cared for at a rescue centre.

The birds affected bords were found in the area between Windsor Bridge and Eton Bridge, and recovered on Friday and Saturday.

Environment Agency investigators are still trying to find the source of the oil, with possible causes ranging from flytipping, leakage from boats or tanks, to faulty drainage systems. However there are only small pockets of the substance left in the water, which makes it harder to detect the origin.

It is hoped that it will be possible to release the swans back into the River Thames in the next few days.

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