£1,000 reward after swan’s eggs “stolen”

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A £1,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the mysterious disappearance of a swan and seven eggs from a nest at Ackers Pit, Stockton Heath.
Villagers were left distraught following the theft because a pair of swans and successfully nested at the six for the past six years.
On the night of May 10/11, the male swan and the eggs were taken – the following morning only the female swan remained alongside an empty nest.
It is believed the eggs were due to hatch.
A number of metal signs were vandalised and stolen at the same time.
Stockton Heath Parish Council has appealed for information and given details of the rewards, which is being offered through the Crimestoppers charity.
Crimestoppers and the council will respect the anonymity of anyone who provides information either on the number 0800 555 111 or through the website https://crimestoppers-uk.org/
Carolyn Mostyn and her husband Darren from Latchford, have enjoyed watching the family of swans for many years.
Carolyn said: “Every year they have cygnets and it is great watching them grow up.
“The female has been sat on seven eggs for 40 days and my husband has been going every day to keep an eye on them. He has been going for around six years now taking photos of them.
“They were there on the Saturday afternoon and I think the eggs were ready to hatch. But when my husband went on Sunday morning it appeared someone had taken all seven eggs and the male swan!
“God knows what they have done with them. It is too upsetting to think about. I rang the RSPCA to check first whether they had been and taken them for some reason, but they hadn’t. It is devastating that someone has done this to such beautiful animals and left the female swan there heartbroken at losing not only her babies but her partner too. She is just swimming around looking for them.”
Carolyn added: “The police have been out but with nothing to go on we are not holding out much hope that any of them will be back.
“It is so upsetting and so many people are devastated as to what has happened, I just wish I knew who it was so we could get the family back together.”
Pictures show the female on the nest with the male behind and the empty nest on the morning after.


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