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7:01am 17th October 2013

Six swans have been found beheaded on a Cornish creek.

Police are investigating, after a walker discovered the mute birds at Restronguet near Devoran.

Officers tell Pirate FM they may have been killed deliberately.

They were initially alerted to two dead mute swans by a walker who had seen the bodies on mudflats opposite Greenbank Road.
 
A search of the area found four more mute swans.
 
PC Paul Freestone, wildlife crime officer for Cornwall said: “At this time we have no way of knowing how these swans died but the fact that they have had their heads removed leads us to believe that they were killed illegally.”
 
PC Barry Nicholas added: “Killing a mute swan would constitute an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and I would encourage anyone who has any information regarding the deaths of these birds to contact the wildlife crimes team.”
 
Anyone with any information about these incidents are asked to ring Devon and Cornwall Police on 101 quoting ref: GT/13/1987, alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
7:01am 17th October 2013

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