Swan shot with crossbow

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A SWAN is to undergo emergency surgery after being shot with a crossbow and an airgun near Warrington.
The badly injured bird was found by a member of the public on the Sankey-St Helens Canal between Fiddlers Ferry and Widnes yesterday, around 4pm.
It was in a highly distressed state, with two crossbow bolts in his neck and had also been shot several times with an airgun.
Police are appealing for information to help them track down who was responsible for the sickening attack.
PC Natalie Ford of Warrington West Neighbourhood Policing Unit said: “By some miracle the swan was still alive and was rescued by the RSPCA.
“The swan will undergo emergency surgery to have the crossbow bolts removed and is described as very poorly.
“We are urgently appealing for assistance from members of the public in Warrington and Halton to identify the offenders responsible.
“Anyone with any information should contact Cheshire Police on 101.” Information can also be left anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.”
Police patrols have been increased in the area as part of the investigation.


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