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Arrest made after swan shot with crossbow

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Gloucestershire Police have arrested a 48 year old man from Cheltenham on suspicion of injuring a swan.

George, a male swan, was shot with a crossbow in Pittville Park, Cheltenham last week and was seriously injured. He remains at Vale Wildlife Hospital & Rehabilitation Centre where his condition is improving.

The man has been bailed pending further enquiries.

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First cygnet of 2016 hatches at The Bishop's Palace

'Swan cam' lets people monitor the nest without disturbing the birds. Credit: Bishop's Palace

The famous swans at The Bishop’s Palace in Wells have had their first new arrival of 2016.

A cygnet hatched out into the nest in the early hours of the morning of Saturday 30 April.

Viewers around the world can monitor the huge nest by the palace moat at via 'Swan Cam’ - the Palace’s infra-red web cam.

It’s thought to be the first time in recent years that the cygnets have been born in April.

In 2015 the cygnets didn't start appearing until May. Credit: Bishop's Palace

The tradition of keeping swans on the moat dates back to the 1800’s when Bishop Hervey’s daughter first introduced a pair.

Young swans are rescued in Bath

Two PCSOs have come to the rescue of two young swans in Bath. They were called to St Mark's Road in Widcombe by concerned passers-by. One cygnet was dozing in the road while the other had got itself trapped in the cemetery by the former church.

Passers-by had put road cones about one of the swans, which was dozing in the middle of the road Credit: Anthony Grimley

We’ve had to deal with swans a couple of times before so we knew how to handle them. We put blankets over their heads and bodies to pacify them, then we lifted them and carried them to the canal nearby.

– Mike Symonds, PCSO

They were young birds but pretty big and strong. Luckily they stayed quite calm, although one tried to give me a good pecking and the other left Mike needing a change of trousers.

They seemed happy enough to be back on water and soon paddled off. Hopefully they’ll stay off the roads in future.

– Ashley Bintcliffe, PCSO
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